Oh, thank you for including Ryan's Brazilian program! I had the privilege of seeing this live, and I never get tired of it.
That "Rush" program of Michelle's reminds me a little bit of the "Day in the Life" short that she did the year before. Same kind of feel. I know that she ended up scrapping "Rush" for her "East of Eden" short. Obviously I'm glad she changed programs so that we all had the chance to experience the amazingness that was "East of Eden" but do you know why she made the change? Did "Rush" get mixed reviews or bad feedback? I think Michelle skates this program really well but I'm not in love with the music. I'm not sure that the choreography is that clever, considering it's supposed to have been done by Christopher Dean--and it seems along the same lines of the short from the previous year. I heard that when Dean choreographed her "Bolero" program, Michelle ended up watering down a lot of that choreography and the program she skated was very different than the one Dean originally created.And...I adore Ryan Jahnke's skating and this Brazilian freeskate! He was great! I think he should have been on the podium at Nationals that year.
I wonder how old Fan Ye really was there. Beautiful routine though.
Sveta's 2000 EF bars routine is my all-time favorite routine. It is the perfect combination of skill, originality, redemption, fierceness, and attitude. Long live the queen!!