Friday, February 12, 2010

Great Moments in Olympic Skating

With the Winter Olympics starting today, I thought it would be fun to look back at three of my all-time favorite Olympic Ice Dancing and Figure Skating routines.

One of the most famous Ice Dancing routines of all time remains one of the best: Torvill and Dean's 1984 "Bolero," for which the British team received unprecedented perfect 6.0 scores:

Even if you've seen it before, it's fun to take a fresh look at Torvill and Dean and their amazing synchronization and artistry.

Gordeeva and Grinkov of Russia won the 1994 Gold in Pairs Figure Skating with their exquisite "Moonlight Sonata":

Sadly, Sergei Grinkov passed away suddenly the following year due to an undiagnosed heart condition.

I've always believed Canada's Bourne & Kraatz should have won the Gold, or at very least the Silver, in Ice Dancing for their spectacularly athletic "Riverdance" in 1998:

They placed fourth -- moving up to third place in the World Championships two months later -- but they were first in the hearts of many viewers.


Update: Great Moments in Olympic Skating, Part 2.


Blogger Jacqueline T. Lynch said...

I had never seen that Bourne & Katz performance. Wonderful. Thanks for that.

5:35 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it, Jacqueline! :)

Best wishes,

9:05 AM  
Blogger KC said...

Thanks for posting these. They bring back wonderful memories! I still marvel at the way Torvill and Dean seemed to move as if they were one person. Amazing.

4:29 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Glad you had fun watching it, KC! Thanks for letting me know.

Best wishes,

5:09 PM  

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