I’ve always loved figure skating. I remember watching the Battle of the Brians in 1988 (I was 10). I’ve never been a fan of ice dancing until I saw Canadian skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir; I’m staying up past my bedtime to watch them go for gold tonight.
One of the highlights of skating is the costumes. Last night there was the gorgeous:
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir:
Tasteful and elegant, and fit the character of their Spanish flamenco perfectly. The full red skirt looked fabulous on the ice too. I kinda want a dress like that, but with a shorter skirt.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White:
Again, tasteful and elegant.
Then there was the the ridiculous...
Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy from last week:
They skated to “Send in the Clowns”. Yeah, I get it, they’re clowns.
...and the purely horrific.
Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin:
What else is to be said? Not only was their “aboriginal” dance culturally insensitive and offensive (even though a Canadian aboriginal elder reached out to them), their costumes were the ugliest I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been watching figure skating for over 20 years. And these were the toned-down versions!
But then again, if the there weren't such ridiculous costumes, I would have nothing to mock.