While it looks like Scott Moir is screaming to the heavens to avenge Tessa Virtue’s passing, this picture is actually from the moment they completed their performance. Even highly-trained figure skaters will let fly with some emotion if they think they’ve done well, as we see here.
When they stuck the final landing, Moir held Virtue in his arms and announced his triumph. He wasn’t the only one who thought they nailed it – the pair won the gold medal in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Canada’s winners not only brought home the gold, but they brought home a goofy picture that had plenty of friends and family laughing.
Keep on Spinning
As one of the United States' figure skating team members, Bradie Tennell is one of the world's best at this difficult and fast-paced sport. At high speeds, figure skating requires you to have full control of your arms, legs, and body, but what about the face?
This picture of Tennell makes us think that it's the one thing that is forgotten. Imagine if figure skaters were judged on their ability to make the right faces all the time? Nobody would ever win gold. Even someone like Tennell, who has won an Olympic bronze medal, let's fly a goofy expression every once in a while.
A Close Shave
North Korea's Ryom Tae Ok grits her teeth as she swings near the ice as her partner, Kim Ju Sik, nearly dropped her during their figure skating performance. It's a grim reminder that even at such a high level, mistakes will happen. It's likely this pair wasn't performing at the highest level – they didn't reach the podium, and thanks to some late paperwork, the pair almost didn't perform at all.
If Kim Ju Sik had lowered Ryom Tae Ok any lower, this could have ended much differently. There was a lot of pressure on these performers since the Olympics took place in Pyeongchang.
Taking to the Skies
There’s always one name that takes the Olympics by storm, no matter when or where they’re held. In 2018 it was Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova who dominated the singles figure skating.
Not only did she come away with the gold medal, but at only fifteen years old, she made history by setting the record for the highest score in a “short” program. Zagitova will certainly go on to bigger and better things, and in the meantime, we get to enjoy a picture of her practically horizontal over the ice during her routine. This high-flying skater has nowhere to go but up.
No Pain, No Gain
The split-second photography that takes place during figure skating doesn’t always lend itself to make the men and women of the intense sport beautiful. Take Canada’s bronze-medal winner in Pyeongchang, Kaetlyn Osmond, for instance.
She wowed judges and audiences with her skill and technique, and making one move when she had her skate so far behind her back she could grab it with both hands. It looks like she was being controlled by another, but while the moment makes for a funny image, the move itself went off without a hitch, earning Osmond the bronze and a great memory to share with friends.