I’ve been on a major streak of watching past Olympic ice skating performances. It made me realize how the skating world has changed. We now have skaters attempting and accomplishing quads and jumps with one or both arms above their heads. The lift combinations of pairs skaters have gotten bigger and more powerful. The choreography of today has brought originality and passion to the next level. Here are some of my favorite performances from the past Olympics and narrowing it down when I was alive and remember watching. I’m also including the recent performance by Vanessa James and Morgan Ciprès from the Grand Prix Final 2018-2019 because it was definitely a milestone for them in their skating career and hopefully will be able to keep this momentum and participate at the 2022 Olympics at Beijing.
Marina Klimova and Sergei Ponomarenko (Unified Team) in 1992 at Albertville.
Ice Dance Free Dance Program who won GOLD.
Philippe Candeloro from FRA (France) in 1994 at Lillehammer.
Single Men’s Short Program who won BRONZE.
Michelle Kwan from USA (United States) in 1998 at Nagano.
Single Women’s Free Skate Program who won SILVER.
Jamie Salé and David Pelletier CAN (Canada) in 2002 at Salt Lake City.
Pairs Short Program who won GOLD. They tied with Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze RUS (Russia).
Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo CHN (China) in 2006 at Torino.
Pair Free Skate Program who won BRONZE.
Evan Lysacek USA (United States) in 2010 at Vancouver.
Single Men’s Free Skate Program who won GOLD.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White USA (United States) in 2014 at Sochi.
Ice Dance Free Skate Program who won GOLD.
Alina Zagitova EUN (Unified Team) in 2018 at Pyeongchang.
Single Women’s Short Program who won GOLD.
Vanessa James and Morgan Ciprès FRA (France) in 2018 at Vancouver.
Pair Free Skate at Grand Prix Final (2018-2019) who won GOLD.