SO the music is iconic and there's no denying that. It's been interpreted by such skating stars as Katarina Witt and Debi Thomas (who battled it out at the 1988 Olympics in "The Battle Of The Carmens" when both Olympic gold medal contenders selected the same music for their free skates), Angelika Krylova and Oleg Ovsiannikovv, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Natalia Bestemianova and Andrei Bukin, Michelle Kwan, Irina Slutskaya, Evan Lysacek and too many others to even count. The Bizet score was even inspiration for an acclaimed TV production "Carmen On Ice" which starred Brian Boitano, Brian Orser and Katarina Witt and even earned an Emmy award.
But who did it best? Let's take a look at 6.0 of the best interpretations of "Carmen" on ice going:
In winning the 1988 Olympic Winter Games despite losing to Canada's Elizabeth Manley in both the short and long programs, Katarina certainly served up the theatre with this iconic free skate set to Bizet's score.
ANGELIKA KRYLOVA AND OLEG OVSIANNIKOVV
In the tradition of great Russian ice dancers, Krylova and Ovsiannikovv gave us drama and intensity in their 1997/1998 season free dance to "Carmen", which won them the silver medal at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games behind teammates Grishuk and Platov.
TESSA VIRTUE AND SCOTT MOIR
Reigning Olympic Medallists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir debuted their free dance this season at Skate Canada to contrasting reviews. Though lacking the intensity of Witt and Krylova, Virtue and Moir show precision and passion galore in this free dance, which will be put head to head with Meryl Davis and Charlie White's "The Hunchback Of Notre Dame" free dance at the upcoming World Championships.
TATIANA NAVKA AND ROMAN KOSTOMAROV
Another unforgettable and stirring rendition of "Carmen" was the winning free dance by Navka and Kostomarov at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. Full of difficulty, attack and personality, this free dance was considered a true "Carmen" by many.
NATALIA BESTEMIANOVA AND ANDREI BUKIN
Eight perfect 6.0's can't be wrong, right? If any team was known for serving high drama on the ice, it was these two. The 1988 Olympic Gold Medallists were criticized by many as over the top, but really came into their own as professionals and created some of the most original and creative ice dance programs out there. This free dance to "Carmen" is typical 80's Bestemianova and Bukin, and won them the 1985 European and World titles.
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