|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.