Kristi Yamaguchi's A Golden Moment 2000 Review
written by Wendy
Sigh, I don't have my own computer at home so I wasn't able to write
a review last night after the show..and then I rush into work to write
the review tonight only to discover that plenty of people have beat me
to it!! I guess then you all know that the big highlight was Kurt
skating to Bring Him Home..darn...and i was going to only mention it
buried in the middle of the email too so it would be a big surprise!
Anyways, since I promised Tina that I would write a review and because I
was diligent enough to take notes during the show, I'm going to write one
anyways and hope that it hasn't all been said already.
So I tried to pay attention to the jumps but I am sure I missed some
and probably got a few wrong, so don't get mad if they show something
other than what I said on TV! Also, as Tina puts it, I've been hiding
behind her all this time and so I've never written a review. Please
forgive me if I don't give much detail - I'm not really good at
artistic descriptions (being an engineer...)
So here are the skating parts (i won't include the intro stuff and solo
musical performances because i think mike already did that?)
Here we go:
"In the Mood" - Scott Hamilton performing to Bobby Caldwell and his Big Band
For this program, Scott was wearing what looked like the outfit he wore in the
opening number of SOI 98-99. He was pretty energetic and did lotsa footwork
and a back flip right in front of us (sorry this is before i started taking
"Crush" - Rosalynn Sumners performing to Jennifer Paige.
So this was also before I started taking notes... :P
"I'll Be Seeing you" - Renee Roca and Gorsha Sur performing to Ann Hampton
I thought this was a beautiful program. It was filled with a bunch of their
innovative lifts and edges. They were both wearing royal blue outfits.
"Beyond the Sea" - Kurt Browning performing to Bobby Caldwell and his Big Band.
Just a note here...he's actually listed before Renee and Gorsha in the
program, but he skated after them. I nearly had a heart attack when they
annouced Renee and Gorsha because i was like "oh no! he's not going to be
here after all!" but my aunt remember that he was annouced - phew! As was
mentioned, he wore his Hey Pachuco outfit. This was a really wonderful
program and I hope they air this because i never remember anything about a
program only after one viewing. I just remember really liking it. He did
a Russian split, a spread eagle into a 3-sal, 2-axel, 3-toe, and tons of
spread eagles including one of those bent knees kind. Kurt looked pretty
relaxed throughout the program. I think he bobbled a landing and motioned
to the audience nearby like "oops! shh!" and another time he smiled and
pointed at the audience.
"Can You Stop the Rain" - Brian Boitano performing to Peabo Bryson.
This was a terrific program. I'm not a huge Brian fan, but I am much more
so after seeing this performance. It's hard for me to tell on TV, but
he really has a strong presence on the ice when he skates. It's too bad
he doesn't skate with SOI too..For this number he wore a blue shirt with
purple pants. He did a 3-toe, 3-toe combination, 2-axel, and a 3-loop (?
i think..not sure). He also did this incredibly long outside edge spread
eagle - he must have made like 3 circles with it! He uses his edges really
well! There was a strange part to this program where in the middle he
just stood in the same spot while the music played. It was definitely
planned that was because the spotlight shone on him in such a way that
he was basically a shadow on the ice. Pauses in programs are nothing
terribly new, but this one was extremely long - it felt like it was at least
"First Time Ever I saw Your Face" - Kristi Yamaguchi performing to Roberta
Kristi looked beautiful as always in a turquoise dress with silver sequins.
She did a 2-axel, and I think a 3-sal and 3-toe.
"My Valentine" - Rosalynn Sumners performing to Martina McBride.
Ros was wearing a light blue kind of long billowy dress with shoulder pads.
(okay, so i don't know if there were really pads, but it looked like it).
She started with a single axel, and then i don't really remember.
"Beautiful" - Ekaterina Gordeeva performing to Jennifer Paige.
Katia wore a deep red dress. She did a 1-axel, and a 2-flip (or maybe it was
a lutz). It never fails to amaze me how fast she skates and how clean
her skating looks.
"Bring Him Home" - Kurt Browning performing to Gary Morris.
I was soooo excited when i read this on the program. To have seen it on TV
and to know how excited he was by it way back when and to be lucky enough
to see him skate to it live with a live singer!! And then to listen to
Gary Morris (who's terrific) sing half the song while scanning the ice
waiting for Kurt to make an appearance - hmph!! Not quite living up to the
anticipation. Anyways, he made his entrance from the opposite side of
the ice and did this long flat spiral all the way down to the stage where
Gary Morris was singing. He was wearing this light blue shirt with kind
of puffy sleeves and a bow at the collar (one of the types of bows you tie,
not a bow tie - make sense?) and gray pants. I was sort of hoping it would
be the outfit he wore before, but this was nice too. In this program he
did a 3-toe, 3 2-axels, and a bunch of camel spins (one was an outside edge
one i think..i haven't a clue what an outside edge spin should look like,
but i remember a commentator saying before when he did one of the camel spins
where he bends his knee pretty deeply that it was an outside edge and that
it was hard :P) This program was incredibly moving and I have to agree one
of the best of the night! Kurt did a wonderful job of expressing the
emotions you hear in the song. I think the combined effect of Kurt skating
and Gary Morris singing made the program one of the most moving i have
seen. I even stood up to clap, but too bad i was like the only one except
the guy behind me (though maybe he wanted to see around me). This one
really deserved a standing ovation IMO.
"Tonight, I Celebrate My Love" - Jenni Meno & Todd Sand performing to Peabo
Bryson and Roberta Flack.
Jenni wore a pretty all-white dress while Todd wore black pants and a
black and white shirt (i think it was all black except this fat stripe
down the front). Their skating just gets better and better. They are
much more fluid in their movements. In this program they did a bunch of
lifts including the one where she has one leg bent and near his head and
one leg straight behind him - but they didn't do their trademark dismount
from it. This program is pretty similar to a lot of their programs which
seem to be about how much they love each other. Don't get me wrong, i
liked it a lot, but it was pretty in line with their usual style.
"Come Fly With Me" - Brian Boitano performing to Bobby Caldwell and his Big Band
This was another program where the music started way before the skating
except this was much worse. I think Brain skated for about one minute
in this one. He sort of flew out of the curtains and did this really tight
2-axel (it was so fast, i wasn't sure if it was a double or a triple, but
considering how little he set it up, it must have been a double). Then he
did a Russian split, 3-sal, 3-toe and a huge deathdrop in front of the stage.
This program was not as impressive as the first one, partly maybe because the
music didn't suit him as well IMO and because it all happened so fast. It
was like listening-listening-listening-listening-listening, then bam! out he
comes, jump, jump, spread eagle, jump, jump, deathdrop, done!
"With One More Look" - Scott Hamilton performing to Gary Morris.
I was also terribly excited to see this on the program because it is one
of my favorites by anyone. I love the part where the lights come up
in the audience at the beginning and he looks around. It just brings
back all those memories of seeing him skate in SOI after recovering
from cancer. It's such a moving program! It's one of those where i
sort of unconsciously move forward in my seat and lean in with my
hands clasped. Again, Gary Morris has an incredible voice and seeing
this program live to a taped Gary Morris and then seeing it live with
a live Gary Morris..wow! In terms of jumps, Scott did a 1-axel and
then 2 2-axels.
"I Love You" - Kristi Yamaguchi performing to Martina McBride.
Kristi wore a hot pink dress. The song is really energetic so Kristi did
a bunch of those half dancing half skating moves. She did a 2-axel and
attempted a 3-flip but fell, and landed a 3-toe.
"You've Got a Friend" - Golden Moment Cast.
Pretty generic group routine but also expected considering this is a one
time only exhibition. It starts off with Kristi still on the ice and
then Brian comes out and does a few spread eagle circles around her. Then
Renee and Gorsha come out and do lifts while Brian sort of half lifts Kristi.
Then Katia and Ros skate out and then Jenni and Todd. They sort of make a
line with Kristi in the middle when Kurt comes out and zig zags around
each of the skaters until he gets to Kristi and does something - hugs? I
couldn't tellbecause they lined up so that i could only see the front person.
I think he actually tripped a little before he got to Kristi. Then they
do some stuff and get into a circle which breaks up into two lnes for Scott
to come out and do a backflip. Then they skate around in various formations
before ending. Quite a lot of the choreography came from last years (and
probably other previous years') SOI group numbers. The women's outfits
were the white ones from Face the Face two years ago too. So after some
pictures were taken, the cast skated around the rink with Kurt last. At
the end when they all filed into the curtains, Kurt sort of slalomed his
way over to the other corner and looked at the Honda sign, then waved to
the people in the stand before disappearing into the curtains too.
All in all the evening was thoroughly enjoyable. Before last night, I
never really thought that having a singer live was anything special.
I figured it was probably really cool for the skaters, but as a
spectator, i didn't find those programs anymore impressive. That
said, I must admit that i think the only time i have seen a program
live witha live singer was at Improv with Joey McIntyre (sp?). But
this night was so much more impressive just because of the singers.
Gary Morris in particular has this booming voice and you really do
feel so much more listening to him live (maybe it is just the
psychology of it?) with the skating.
I am so happy I was able to go. I hope next year they hold it again
(hopefully here :P). The tickets are a little pricey, but when you think
about the cause, it's all worth it. i think they also mentioned an
auction on Kristi's site (kristi.yahoo.com) to help raise money for
breast cancer research. Also, they said that they will match up to
$250,000 in donations.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot, I bought a program. Most of the pictures in it
are from SOI. The one of Kurt is him in his Antares costume (i think this
was in the SOI program that year). His caption reads
"Kurt Browning romped into the sophisticated world of figure skating
from the rough-and-tumble existence of Alberta, Canada. And while
Kurt isn't exactly the cowboy on ice, his contagious exuberance and
energy translates brilliantly in his routines. Four-time Canadian and
four-time World Champion, Browning was the first athlete in the history
of figure skating to successfully complete a quadruple jump in
Oh one other thing, I was wondering if they were going to retape the
mistakes in the programs because there were a few, but then when they didn't
so i figure maybe they will just cut to the singer instead. So next time
they air something like this and they show only the singer for a while,
maybe it is because the skater fell and they are just cutting out that part.
Haha, and to think of how annoyed i got. Actually, I'm still annoyed, but i
guess there is a probably a reason they do it.