A skater to watch for

There are a lot of troubling issues around the Sochi Olympics: Putin’s pogrom against gays, the terrible environmental degradation of what was billed as the most environmentally sustainable games ever, the terrorism concerns, the fact that this is a vanity project for one man which has dramatically lowered the quality of life for many Sochi residents…but I will still watch it, because of the athletes. It’s not fair to punish them for the acts of others. The Olympics will always be fraught with politics and corruption, and that’s just the way it is.

But the athletes spend four years of their lives training their hearts out, for one chance to shine. Those shining moments stick in our memories for a long time. And I’m a sucker for winter Olympics anyway, which have more of my favorite sports-to-view than the summer variety.

Figure skating is one of them. Once upon a time, I knew the names of the big players and the up-and-coming hopefuls, but I am totally out of it now. It will be fun to watch the competition with no preconceptions.

Okay, maybe one preconception. Because I just learned about a 19-year-old figure skater named Jason Brown, who burst onto the scene at the US Championships two weeks ago with the most glorious long program free skate that I can remember seeing since Brian Boitano in 1988. It vaulted him over the heads of several “bigger” names, landing him a second-place finish and a spot on the Olympic team.

Crank up the volume and watch this full-screen if you can. And if you love the music from Riverdance, you’ll enjoy this even more: the routine is to “Reel Around the Sun,” by Bill Whelan. What fun to see it used here.

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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5 Responses to A skater to watch for

  1. Alma says:

    Oh my word!! o_0 And he came SECOND? How did he not WIN?? *drooling with exhilaration*

  2. Carys says:

    Wow – thank you!

  3. Cathy White says:

    That was exhilarating

  4. Linda Briganti says:

    Thanks for posting this.

  5. John in the USA says:

    “Putin’s pogrom against gays.”

    OK, now I know you are an idiot, or a willing dupe of the Sodomite propagandists.

    As an Arts professional, I have known and had numerous friends who are homosexual. That they are (almost to a man) not ‘gay,’ (i.e., Happy, well-adjusted) is also my ‘take-away’ after thirty plus years in the biz. Thus, I never call them ‘gay.’ Moreover, the deaths wilfully engaged in on their part, (because of an aberrant lust for indiscriminate sex and any and all hours of the day and night) was a hallmark of the first AIDS cases in my community of the Arts. In short, they f*cked themselves to death, when they had the chance. A generation later, not much has changed. Almost all the advocates for aberrosexual unions’ clearly note that it has NOTHING to do with ‘marriage,’ and all to do with LEGALIZING PERVERSION, and breaking down the barriers for minor seduction- which is by far the most ‘normal’ means of entering the sodomite lifestyle.

    Are you for pedophilia as well, or does your morality stop at a certain point in revulsion?

    For someone who ‘cares about bees’ I would think you could draw the lines, and make the connections, that God’s world follows a pattern, that only Men disobey, as they have, since day 1.

    As to your comment about ‘pogroms’ – first off, that word is a Jewish meme, and little applicable to the wilfully, consciously chosen lifestyle of a sodomite or a lesbian. The “gay gene” hypothesis was disproved years ago- and abstinence from sodomy works 100% of the time it is tried, so they have no one to blame but themselves.

    Lastly, this article says it as clear as can be:

    “The new legislation is certainly not, as US-based gay rights activists have claimed, “one of the most draconian anti-gay laws on the planet”.

    Amid the furore, it’s easy to overlook some simple facts. Homosexuality in Russia – unlike more than 40 countries in the Commonwealth and 70 worldwide – is not illegal. To date, over six months since the law came into force, fewer than a dozen people have been fined for “gay propaganda”. Not a single person has been jailed. Russian police do not have powers to detain people they suspect of simply being gay or lesbian, as a New York Times leader erroneously stated last year. If this were so, then how do we explain the fact that gay clubs are able to advertise and operate in Moscow and other big cities?”
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/feb/05/russia-anti-gay-law-criticism-playing-into-putin-hands

    While you may say what you like on your blog, your predjudicial and christophobic biases are as transparent, and as phony, as they come. And I, for one, won’t stand for it.

    That you probably don’t have the guts to approve this message, to show your own shame, is also rather likely. So I say it just to point out THAT, as well.

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