Those Wacky Ice Dancers

Hello-Hello, happy middle-of-the-week to everyone!

Today’s topic is a bit out of character. We almost didn’t share it, fearing our cherished readers will think less of TP for posting such questionable fare. (Gasp.)

But the topic proved irresistible, we could not stop putting photos into the post; the Demonic Princess inside kept saying “more pictures, more pictures.”

Keep in mind before judging us too harshly, we did skate for years. And years. Rather serious stuff, at the ice rink at 5:30am for 90 minutes before going to school and then back to the rink for another 3 or 4 hours after school, more on weekends. We loved almost every minute of it, and share that background only to demonstrate we aren’t insensitive to many of the confounding and bizarre situations skaters confront.

More precisely, today’s focus is on those skating in the Ice Dancing genre. By its very nature this is not an activity best captured in still photos, let alone freeze frames taken from moving video.

It is those frozen moments that we look at today.

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Even when things are going according to plan it can appear otherwise.

Grigory Dukor/Reuters

Clearly female ice dancers are much stronger than they appear.

Grigory Dukor/Reuters

That photo above isn’t showing the only time this young lady has flung her partner about, here’s another example:

Grigory Dukor/Reuters

It seems the women are forever throwing the men around. Who knew?

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Frequently the costumes don’t help at all.

Grigory Duke/Reuters

Not. at. all.

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They can be distracting.

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Sometimes it is the facial expressions.

Grigory Dukor/Reuters

The athletes just look…distressed.

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Or disturbed.

Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Sometimes parts and pieces of the outfit become the enemy.

Junji Kurokawa

And then sometimes one encounters an image like this.

Streeter Lecka/Getty

And knows enough to say nothing at all.

But when things do go well…

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There is magic on the ice.

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And you see looks like this…

Jasper Juinen/Getty

Our hats are off to all of the competitors, just getting there is an enormous accomplishment.


AUTHOR’S NOTE: A few of the photos are not from the Olympics, they are from qualifying events leading up to Vancouver.



Filed under preppy, Winter Olympics 2010

13 responses to “Those Wacky Ice Dancers

  1. You are a genius – I LOVED this post! Thank you for writing almost every thoughtt that crossed my mind when I was watching that.

  2. Miss Coco

    Who knew!? Such drama! All that is missing is having their make up done by a transvestite.

  3. Suburban Princess

    LOL thanks for the chuckle!
    I am so happy for the gold medal winners! You know the ones…from Canada :O)

  4. MCW

    These pics made me laugh. Thanks!

  5. I truly wondered if you would do a post about this 🙂 So glad to see you did!!

    I was stunned by some of those costumes – holy cow, what has ice dancing come to!!???? Some of them were so horrific they truly took away from the beauty of the sport. I was so relieved to see Virtue and Moir looking as stunning and classy as ever and had goosebumps and tears throughout their entire performance. They were phenomenal and I just felt so proud.

    Those cowboy boot skates in the first photo?? So wrong, on so many levels!!!

    Thanks for the afternoon chuckle 🙂

  6. LPC

    Oh I Just. Love. This. Post! You told me the whole story in a blink of an eye.

  7. These are hilarious! Well done!

  8. OMGosh! I cannot stop smiling! This is the best post ever! Gone are the days of Torvill and Dean, I’m afraid.

    Sadly, I have missed nearly all the Olympics. I must get off this computer tonight and see what I’m missing. Apparently fashion on ice isn’t one of them. 🙂

  9. It is absolutely amazing what those couples can do. Yesterday afternoon, I I watched some of the girl´s competition…it is a true dream!

  10. We simply cannot get enough of the Olypics at our house! So the skating events aren’t husbands favorite, it doesn’t mean we still don’t have a good time watching!

  11. I have not been watching th Olympics at all so thank you for posting these pictures. they are hysterical.

  12. Alie

    Love your post! It’s neat to know that y’all were ice skaters. Expensive stuff, those lessons. I took lessons and was at the same rink as Scott Hamilton in Colorado back when he had hair. Long time ago… 🙂 still have those photos from the old program 😉

  13. Come now…there isn’t a demonic bone in your body. A little wickedness perhaps. LOL Would you like to borrow my flying monkeys sometime?

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