Monday, February 3, 2014

Sochi 2014 Olympic Figure Skating

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, January, 2014. Photo by Jared Wickerham.

I don’t know about you, but the upcoming New York Fashion Week is not going to even register on my radar this time around. How can it when the Sochi Winter Olympics are starting this week? I am a huge Olympic figure skating nut and I can hardly wait for the games to get underway so I can settle in with a big bowl of popcorn every night and revel in all the glorious skating coming my way.

Here are a few U.S. names to watch out for in figure skating at the Sochi Olympics:

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, above, the ice dancing team, performed one of the most beautiful routines I have ever seen in all my years watching ice skating last month at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston. Skating to “Scheherazade” by Rimsky-Korsakov, it was a stunning piece of artistry and gave me goosebumps to watch. If they skate the same program in Sochi (and I’m sure they will) you are in for a treat because it is seriously the best ice dancing routine since Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean of Great Britain skated to Ravel’s “Bolero,” and won the gold medal, at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo (anybody out there remember that fine Olympic moment?).

Gracie Gold about to pull her skate boot up over her head for a Biellmann spin.

While Meryl and Charlie give the U.S. their best chance for an ice skating gold medal, I also like the chances of 18-year-old Gracie Gold, the newly-minted U.S. Ladies’ Champion with a great smile and the perfect name. I can definitely see her on the podium and possibly winning the gold if she can perform in Sochi like she did in Boston. She is that good.

Jeremy Abbott after his freeskate, realizing he had won the U.S. championships. I wanted to cry with him!

I will also be rooting for Jeremy Abbott, the 4-time U.S. Men’s champion. He did not have a good Olympics in 2010 in Vancouver—where the story was all about another American, Evan Lysacek, who won the gold—but Jeremy is the first man since Todd Eldredge to be a 4-time (or more) U.S. Champion, he nailed both routines in Boston, and since he has announced he’s retiring from competition after this season, wouldn’t it be great for him to go out with an Olympic Gold Medal?

Figure skating gets underway this Thursday, February 6, 2014, with the Team Men Short Program and the Team Pairs Short Program. The Team Event is new for this Olympics and I can’t wait to see how that plays out among the different countries in competition. I expect the U.S. to be on that team podium!

Will you watch the Sochi Olympics? What is your favorite event?

All photos above by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images North America.

12 comments:

une femme said...

I love skating events, will probably have to set my DVR and watch later, though. I didn't have a TV in 1984 (shocking, I know) but will look that one up on youtube.

Jill said...

Hiya Deja, the Torvill and Dean performance is worth watching, it was just gorgeous! XO, Jill

Angele Style said...

I love ALL the events but if I had to choose it would be ice dancing. I have always loved the Russian performances the best.

Jill said...

Hi Angele, did you see Meryl and Charlie perform at the U.S. nationals last month? I really think they can take the whole thing at the Olympics, they are the reigning world champions in ice dance and perform so beautifully. If you catch them in competition, let me know what you think! XO, Jill

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

I adore skating!! I can't wait for the Olympics either. I always get into all of it! X

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I love the skating also...my favorite part of the Winter games!! So beautiful and graceful...

Paula Ruta said...

Love the pairs too! I have some clse friends that skated with the ice capads; but they talk olympic skating jargon--way above my head!

Jan Graham-McMillen said...

Besides Western style riding and cattle chasing events, ice skating is the only sport I've ever been any good at all at. (Low center of gravity!) I began skating as a young adult, and never competed but learned to love figures just for the doing of them. A great meditation out on the ice, early mornings tracing figures. A bit of dancing as well, but I moved away from the venue years, decades ago.
I haven't watched much in recent years, but I'm intrigued by the powerhouses that the west is sending this year. That old, traditional Russian-American-British competition will be hot still, and I'm looking forward to it with you. Thanks for the reminder.

Linda said...

All ice-skating, but Ladies & Ice Dancing are my favorites. Can't wait for all of the events to begin!! And then the Oscars follow on the heels of the games...a great winter of TV watching!!

LR @ Magnificent or Egregious said...

I love all the figure skating events too (and all the other Olympic events) Davis & White are good, I love Virtue & Moir too. I do have to say that I prefer Blumberg & Seibert's 1984 Scheherazade to Davis & White's, but that's just me being picky. :) Enjoy watching the Olympics!

gigisgoneshopping said...

I can't wait for Thursday!

Angele Style said...

YES. I did see Davis and White and think they are WONDERFUL!!!! I am not sure where they are in the standings right now. I was only able to watch two of the pairs last night in the short program and the commentators were saying the Russians are clear winners. I hope to see all of the final performances.