Doing a split is no easy feat, but United States figure skater Nathan Chen can do them in his sleep or while flying through the air. He was only eighteen years old when he appeared at the Winter Olympics in 2018, and he’s a promising figure skater who is one of the names to watch.
He achieved an enviable score during the free skate competition. Somehow, he didn’t get a medal, but he did set a record six quads, or quadruple axel, a jump with at least four but less than five full revolutions. Plus, as we can see, he’s pretty limber.
The Siblings Astound
The Shibutani Siblings, also known as the “Shib Sibs,” are among the most exciting pairs of figure skaters performing right now. Maia and Alex won the bronze at the 2018 Olympic games, thanks in part to the impressive stunt you can see in the picture.
It’s a little hard to tell exactly what kind of stunt they’re pulling in the picture, but we can also say that it looks like Alex is about to deliver a finishing move on his sister, vis a vis the wrestling ring. We can’t imagine it would result in many points for the pair, but it would definitely be memorable.
They Aren’t Fooling Anyone
One of the things that make figure skating such an exciting sport is the acting aspect. A pair of figure skaters play out a small story, often involving romantic elements. They can be quite stirring. The Canadian figure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir maintain the story that they aren’t involved, but their performance, and the picture you see here, make it hard to believe them.
There was even pretty wide speculation, and who can blame the gossipers? Just look at the smoldering look that they’re giving each other. Of course, they are professionals, and it’s probably pretty hard to flirt with someone when you’re concentrating really hard on not smashing her skull open on the ice.
No Medal This Time
Alla Tsuper had been in the spot before. After winning the gold medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics in the women's aerials, she knew she had what it took to win again. Why don't you take a quick look at that picture and see how it ended up for her?
Before she landed, it was a promising start, but she misjudged the speed of her stunt and ended up rolling into the snow, hopefully creating a big snowball around herself like in cartoons. While nobody was laughing when Tsuper landed, she's all better now. A fellow Belarus competitor, Hanna Huskova, won the gold in the women's aerials.
Don't Lie; You'd Do It Too
Snapping a quick pic of yourself after you've done something cool or fun is commonplace nowadays. If you've just taken the podium to receive a gold medal, proving all that hard work and training time worth it, they might as well take a picture. Here we see Canadian snowboarder Sebastian Toutant giving his biggest grin ever, wrapped in the maple leaf, having just won the gold.
His friend and silver-winner, Kyle Mack, watches on, content with winning second-place for the United States...but watch out, Toutant. But there's no animosity here, just two winners who are ready to kick their feet up for a little while after spending years training.