BARBARA UNDERHILL and PAUL MARTINI
This attractive blonde couple thrilled the audiences at the 1984 World Championships in Ottawa, Canada.
Years before Isabelle Brasseur and Lloyd Eisler or Jamie Salé and David Pelletier grabbed the attention of fans, Barbara Underhill and Paul Martini rocked the Civic Centre with flashy technical tricks and ice-melting chemistry.
Barely three weeks after a devastating on-ice collision at the Olympic Winter Games ruined their medal chances, this heartbreak team somehow found golden redemption once Underhill switched to an old pair of boots.
With their obvious height difference minimized by Sandra Bezic's intelligent choreography, their free skate to George Gershwin's "Concerto in F" ranks as a gold standard that other programs are still compared to. Watch their final throw double Axel clinch the deal, sending the 10,000 strong crowd into a cheering frenzy.
Underhill and Martini's winning comeback kick-started a phenomenal professional career, that lasted 13 years. It seemed fitting that their final show, "One Last Time," featured a tribute to this signature piece.
This was their "Bolero."
IRINIA MOISEEVA and ANDREI MINENKOV
1981 World Championships
Russia's Irina Moiseeva and Andrei Minenkov, nicknamed Min and Mo by their fans, were never better than with this slinky and sensual free dance.
Previously known for their fiercely dramatic style to music such as "Carmen" and "West Side Story," this program was a radical departure for them. Dance during this era was all about showcasing as many moods and tempo variations as possible, jam-packed into four quick minutes.
Their funky musical selection included a pumping instrumental version of "I Will Survive" that has to be heard to be believed.
Working the "Kill Bill" bodysuits a good 30 years before Armin Mahbanoozadeh, this performance channelled Tony and Maria and John and Olivia with a theatrical Soviet flair.