Now here’s a pose for you to wonder over. A pair of British Olympians – Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland – had their worlds turned upside-down when they pulled off this move in the Figure Skating Pairs competition.
Coomes’s legs are fully wrapped around Buckland’s neck, which makes us wonder what would have happened if Buckland had lost his balance. No doubt it would have resulted in some pretty bad injuries for Coomes, but thankfully Buckland stayed upright, and the move didn’t result in any injuries. The balance and poise required to pull off this move is something to marvel at.
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.
A Bird's Eye View of a Fall
What do you think is going on in this picture? Is Evan Bates, the male half of this American figure-skating duo, so strong that he can carry his partner Madison Chock in his arms while doing his entire routine? We’re afraid not - this is actually the moment of a bad spill during their routine.
Figure skaters are used to falling while they perform, so likely they didn’t get any bad injuries, but there’s no way around it: the judges aren’t going to like that. And they didn’t - Madison and Evan got ninth overall, though another pair of Americans did get the bronze in ice dancing.
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.