posted by Mina Flores Turner from United States on November 03, 2013 8:57 PM
In early 1995 I was pregnant with my only daughter who was born five weeks early on March 7th. Shortly before she was born, I was alone at home watching ice dancing on TV in my living room, when I saw your Dracula performance. I was immediately captivated by the music you chose, the costumes you wore, the precision and elegance of your dancing, and by Marina’s beauty. I learned that the piece you had skated to was from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and soon after that someone told me that the main female character in that movie was named “Mina.” My name is Mina, and by then I had danced ballroom and swing for seven years, and even participated in some minor competitions. I also love the ocean, and things of the ocean, including marinas. With all these facts coming together at the same time I knew that the perfect name for my daughter was “Marina.” She is now 18 years old. I have never been a fan of horror movies, so I had never seen Bram Stoker’s Dracula. But yesterday, my daughter and I sat down and watched it. Today, when my husband and I came home, my daughter, who knew the story of her name from a very young age, said to me, “Guess what I found?” She presented something for me to see on her iPod and I watched as something resembling a red cone began to rise and lower. She had gone onto youtube and found your Dracula performance. I had not seen it for 18-1/2 years, although I had searched for it in the years before youtube. It was magical watching it again. Thank you for inspiring me. We live in Pasadena, California, but we hope to some day drive up to your studio so that Marina can meet Marina (and Sergei of course).
posted by Maureen from United States on September 30, 2013 2:58 PM
Marina Klimova and Sergei Ponomarenko Thank you so much for taking my husbands phone call last fall and helping us find the music you performed too in the 1988 free dance competition. Thank you for sharing you're gifts with the world.
posted by Osman Osman from Mauritius on September 03, 2013 1:00 PM
Three deegers of Heaven with three deegers in the top? Eternal families? Spirit children? I've never seen ANY of this mentioned in the NIV Holy Bible, also not in the KJV Holy Bible. Is this more of The Book of Mormon stuff? Joseph Smith must have gotten hold of some peyote, or something similar, when he wrote these things!It's really hard to swallow this stuff, when all this comes from a KNOWN con-man. He just HAPPENED to find inscribed gold plates WITH a conveniently placed way to decipher them. Also,discovering Egyptian scrolls, with stuff supporting his writings. Then, he just so-happens to lose these gold plates , and the deciphering tools. COME ON, who loses something supposedly so valuable? Baptizing the dead, by proxy, but up to the person in the spirit-world whether to accept, or not accept this. The Bible says you die, then there is the Judgement. No mention about any spirit-world , baptism of the dead, anything resembling such utter nonsense. And, archaeological proof that Jesus visited North America? Show me non-Mormon PROOF! How reasonable, clear thinking, intelligent people can accept these 130 year-old teachings of a known con-man is beyond me! +7Was this answer helpful?
posted by Karen K. from United States on March 30, 2013 3:50 PM
I was always spellbound and captivated when watching your performances growing up. You are amazing artists--not to mention an inspirational couple!
posted by Beverley Todd from United Kingdom on March 14, 2013 5:47 PM
Thank you Sergei and Marina for all the many wonderful performances you have given us. Even after all these years I still love to watch you dance and don't think you will ever be beaten for grace, style, artistry and technical merit. I'm so pleased to see that your son is now following in your footsteps. If he's even half as good as you were he'll be amazing.
posted by Guy Turchiano from United States on February 03, 2013 4:05 PM
You left a huge impression in 1992, and it's great to see when I look back at your gold medal dance, that in 2013, it is still one of the most beautiful performances I've ever seen..
posted by Betsy Lott from United States on January 31, 2013 8:19 PM
I have loved watching the two of you skate since '84 but it was the '92 Olympics program that took my breath away. I would have given anything to meet you and take lessons from you. Sadly we moved from the Bay Area about the same time you settled at Sharks Arena. I know there are many dancers out there fortunate enough to be coached by you two. Thank you for continuing to give to the sport for so many whom you've inspired.
posted by ari from on January 19, 2013 5:54 PM
Will always remember your 92 program, it was so beautiful, also your pro program to symphony no 5.
I tried looking for you and Marina on twitter, but couldn't find. You should be on twitter.
posted by Indrit from on December 28, 2012 2:36 PM
Many years have passed but I can hardly forget the emotions I have felt when watching your breathtaking performance. Since then I quit watching ice dancing since I didn't want to spoil the great memories I had. I still watch your final dance in 1992 Olympics- accompanied by the dramatic music of Bach that performance will remain with me as long as my heart beats. You are a legend of this sport.
posted by Maureen from United States on August 18, 2012 2:39 PM
What can I say that everyone else hasn't said already. Only to add your art has inspired and brought me to tears. In particular the freedance routine of 1988 Calgary Olympics, what Dick Buttons called a "love poem" a mixture of pure passion, poetry, music, dance that continues to touch me emotionally everytime I see it. In my home we have had discussions on the music you used, was it a Moscow symphonic arrangement? Did you have the music specially done for the program. Would love to hear more on the story of this program and how it come to fruition. Thank you so much.