Ice Wars 2002
Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, NH, Nov. 14, 2002
written by Sue
Hi guys. I'm back from N.H., long trip but lots of fun and great to
see Kurt, Ilia, Brian and Scott in person once again! Well worth the 7
hour trip! I'll just give you some thoughts.
Kurt- I didn't go to Gotta Skate so I had no idea what the song was
he skated to. He wore his Guitar shirt..during the warmups he was
really concentrating..and watching Brian, Scott and Ilia very closely
I might add! You could tell he was in his competition mindset,
although as always he did play to the audience somewhat, including a
girl that got a hug and kiss that stood at the boards despite an arena
security person watching her every move, LOL. I saw a nice Kurt sign
in the audience from two ladies wearing Canada jackets, and Kurt
noticed that. He also noticed my Canadian flag and I got a smile and
nod during warmups. :-) Kurt had some nice footwork as always. I need
to see this one again to get the full effect. For Crash, I was so
happy to see him come out in that colorful outfit, since I knew we'd
see Crash again. I love that program. He seemed to enjoy himself in
this number much more than the first one, and I thought he should have
had better marks in both the first and second numbers..but I knew
with Scott skating last that Scott would probably get the judges
vote..and he did. I would have had Kurt with the win. Kurt was
absolutely wonderful to his friend Scott as always. He raised his
hands over his heads in the kiss and cry and gave Scott a standing
O. I also saw Kurt bow to Ilia after his technical number, LOL. The
crowd in Mancester was very supportive of the skaters, and many got
partial standing O's, including Kurt of course. :-) Kurt was a riot
with a screen behind him, which was taped with him doing all kinds of
funny moves, expressions..etc..typical Kurt..he would mimic the same
moves that were on the screen behind him, and then he would turn
around and look at himself, and talk to himself, being his goofy
charming self. So fun!
Scott did Figaro, and the Golf number..as usual he had the audience
and the judges. Great to see Scott in competition again, standing O
before he even started, which you could tell meant alot to him. He had
a few problems but he's so entertaining. Scott also a screen up, with
golf scenes in the background while he was doing his golf number.
Ilia- huge,awesome jumps, he was really on...the ladies I went with
and I are trying to figure out what the classical music was that he
skated too! I wish they at least would have given us a music
list. There were alot of numbers we didn't know what the music was.
This was a great number for Ilia, he wore a gray flowing shirt, and
he's still reaching out to the audience with those huge smiles of his
when he lands the jumps, what a treat. He did Rubberband Man for his
second number, so unbelievably flexible..quite a hit..esp. the
cantilever moves. That was a tough call, I would have called it a tie
for Ilia and Brian. Ilia was marked too low.
Brian- We're going nuts trying to think of the music for his first
number, he wore a shirt and tie, nice program..kind of reminded me of
his Frank Sinatra medley, but that wasn't it..tano lutz done well in
both numbers, triple double, double I believe in second number..he was
pleased. Second number to Hernando's Hideaway, pin striped suit and he
wore a hat..he looked really good in this..got lots of I love you's
from a girl near me, LOL..really good number for him, judges loved
Surya-I think it may have been something from the Lion King for the
technical..not sure though..and I Will Survive for the second number,
crowd enjoyed her.
Maria-much more loose as a pro in these numbers.. for her technical
number..don't know the music again, but she's improving her
artistry,and don't know the music for her second number either but it
reminded me of Oksana's Arabian number.
Nicole-relates to the crowd well, had some problems, but enjoyable
Tara- Painted Black for first number, and To Where You Are? by Josh
Groban for second number..holding her hip after she skated and in the
kiss and cry.
The announcer had everyone that brought signs hold them up for the
cameras, so I hope Kurt's signs and flags, etc..are included.
The last thing we saw was Scott coming back out, doing a backflip
for us, and going over to the judges and thanking them..giving Jo Jo
Starbuck a huge hug.