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.
Even when things are going according to plan it can appear otherwise.
Clearly female ice dancers are much stronger than they appear.
That photo above isn’t showing the only time this young lady has flung her partner about, here’s another example:
It seems the women are forever throwing the men around. Who knew?
Frequently the costumes don’t help at all.
Not. at. all.
They can be distracting.
Sometimes it is the facial expressions.
The athletes just look…distressed.
Sometimes parts and pieces of the outfit become the enemy.
And then sometimes one encounters an image like this.
And knows enough to say nothing at all.
But when things do go well…
There is magic on the ice.
And you see looks like this…
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.