I’m a lover of figure skating. Of course, that means, from my loveseat. I am disabled and in my 60’s so I’m not talking about doing it myself. I was watching the Grand Prix of Skating from Japan today, and found so many new and young skaters that I missed all of my old favorites.
I’ve watched and enjoyed ice skating since Peggy Fleming and Dorothy Hamill. I loved the time period when Michelle Kwan, Oksana Baiul. and Tara Lapinski were popular. I loved the beautiful lines that Michelle Kwan made special. Evgeni Plushenko, Elvis Stojko. Kurt Browning, and Brian Boitano were favorites among the men skaters. My most favorite was Scott Hamilton. Many went on to skate in various programs and competitions after they quit competing in the Olympics and gave all of us many years of joy.
As I watched today, I saw many young, new skaters with beauty and grace and knew I was seeing future greatness. There were also more experienced competitors in their late 20’s who showed us what time and determination adds to talent. They showed poise, passion, smoothness of transitions as well as the jumps we all love to gasp over. It was interesting to find I watch with a different perspective now. I see many moves or leaps, spins and lunges and think of my arthritic knees. LOL But there is nothing like watching beauty and grace floating across the ice and recognizing what the human form can accomplish with grit and persistence.
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- Live play-by-play coverage: 2012 NHK Trophy ladies’ free skate (sfluxe.com)