How many television skating specials can one watch? A lot. But isn't there one special that you tend to remember more than others? For me, it was a show that had Brian Boitano (four-time U.S. champion, two-time World champion and 1988 Olympic gold medalist) skating on a lake in Alaska. It was back in 1988 and I distinctly remember him bathed in white against nature's backdrop. I just had that memory to hold on to until...YouTube! And discoducky was fabulous enough to upload that very program for me to revisit and others to discover. Now that I've watched it again, oh, 50 more times, I appreciate the piece that much more.
In addition to David Foster's wonderful composition entitled Water Fountain, I can now identify the edges that Brian does, the jumps, the spins, the to-the-sky spread eagle, and it's really quite an emotional piece! And I had forgotten that Boitano introduces the program by saying, "Skating on the lake in Alaska was probably one of my dreams come true. I can truthfully say that when I was doing Water Fountain in Alaska, it was the closest I've come to being so touched that I cried in a skating performance." My favorite moment - when Brian does a waltz jump, then a single axel, then a double, then an incredible triple, and ends the piece going back to pure edge work.