Thursday, February 18, 2010

Vancouver 2010 - Pairs Figure Skating

I don’t know about you, but my favourite sport to watch at the Olympics is Figure Skating. I guess it helps that I was a figure skater for six years (pictures to come when my Sweetheart gets around to installing the scanner), but also, let’s face it, what other sport encourages glittery costumes!

Wait, I’m getting this mental image of a skier in a sequined leotard. Wish you could see it, it is hilarious! Picture
Will Ferrell’s and Jon Heder’s outfit in Blades of Glory (2007), and now envision that costume with a helmet and skis. Oh, even worse, Snowboard Cross participants! That would be so very wrong!

Jon Heder as Jimmy MacElroy and Will Ferrell as Chazz Michael Michaels, Blades of Glory (2007)

Hmmm... On second thought, maybe I should have kept this picture for tomorrow's subject. Oh, well...

Okay, back to the current topic. Up to now, we have seen both Couple’s Short and Long program. Apparently the ice was slippery (hihi) because many couples fell, but not taking into account their performances, let’s have a look at what they wore.

(Note: All pictures came from the Vancouver 2010 website)

Here are the Gwenyver Figure Skating Costumes Categories:

Nice, but not all that memorable

Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov (Russia) - Figure Skating (Pairs Free Program)

Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig (United States) - Figure Skating (Pairs Short Program)

Vanessa James and Yannick Bonheur (France) - Figure Skating (Pairs Short Program)

Stacey Kemp and David King (Great Britain) - Figure Skating (Pairs Short Program)

Ooh! Pretty!

Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett of United States, Figure Skating

Beautiful details on her dress!

Vanessa James and Yannick Bonheur of France, Figure Skating

I love graded colour on a fabric. I really have to try my hand at that dyeing technique.

Anabellee Langlois and Cody Hay of Canada, Figure Skating

Graded dyes is not only a trend in fashion, it seams to be one in Figure Skating costumes too!

Stacey Kemp and David King of Great Britain, Figure Skating

I love the look of that dress: it looks adapted from some princess dress.

They are wearing what?

Jessica Dubé and Bryce Davison of Canada, Figure Skating

I love Dubé & Davison. How can anyone not feel for them, especially after that horrible accident? But to wear greenish grey military colours and a very plain dress for the Olympics just seems sad.

Having said that, I liked to neckline and collar on that dress and would very happily use them for a cocktail dress... in another colour.

Anais Morand and Antoine Dorsaz of Switzerland, Figure Skating

What the...?

Aliona Savcgenko, Robin Szolkowy (Germany) - Figure Skating

Oh dear... Taking the theatrical aspect too far, are we?

Maylin Hausch and Daniel Wende of Germany, Figure Skating

If this was a Cleopatra number in an Ice Show, these would be awesome costumes. I especially love the way his looks somewhat like a lorica. But for the Olympics? Really?

Maylin Hausch and Daniel Wende (Germany) - Figure Skating (Pairs Short Program)

This looks like a Disco Dance costume more than a Figure Skating costume (although I have to admit, the two can look pretty similar sometimes). It makes me want to sing Tico-tico!

Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett (United States) - Figure Skating (Pairs Short Program)

You know, just because you are USAns, you don't have to dress in Cow-Boy fringes! Otherwise, it looks nice.

Turquoise! (Yes, my favourite colour gets a category of its own.)

Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig of United States, Figure Skating

Anabellee Langlois and Cody Hay (Canada) - Figure Skating (Pairs Short Program)


And now for the couples who won medals, let's begin with Bronze:

Aliona Savcgenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany, Figure Skating

Boring, but better than your clown costume.


Qing Pang and Jian Tong of China, Figure Skating

This was not only my favourite costume, I thought they skated better than anyone else. I was actually disappointed that they didn't get Gold.


Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao (China) - Figure Skating (Pairs Short Program)

Hot pink, Black and white? You're doing good so far.

Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao of China, Figure Skating


Figure Skating podium

Congratulations to all the winners!

Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao of China win the gold medal in the Figure Skating Pairs

And congratulations to the winning couple!

Next Olympics Figure Skating event to be presented here: the men's singles. Stay tuned!

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