Posts Tagged ‘ice skating’

Karin thanks the Olympics’ greatest fans

Friday, February 26th, 2010

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Oh, the emotion from the women’s ice skating long program! I can barely write this post! I’m just so happy for Kim Yu-Na who had the weight of South Korea on her bony shoulders. Thank god she won gold! And I’m also thrilled that the Japanese girl who landed three triple axels in this Olympics won silver and the Canadian who just lost her mother medaled too. I couldn’t have penned a better ending!

As I knew it was going to be a very high drama event, one I simply couldn’t emerge sane from alone, Georgia, Ali, Kelly and I decided to join forces and watch the final skate together, in suitable costumes of course. We also brought my four foot sock monkey into the mix, and soon learned that he makes an exceptional ice skating partner. So light on his feet!

While Georgia, who has the BMI of, well, a figure skater, was able to find a real ice skating costume in the kid’s aisle at Costco, the rest of us were left to our own devices. Luckily Craig had been kind enough to present me with an Olympic t-shirt and matching teddy bear at the start of these Olympic games. I paired the fetching combination with red Larry Bird-inspired booty shorts, cowboy boots and an Apollo Ohno-like headband. Ali instead went Team USA in her classic cheerleader uniform, purchased somewhat intoxicated during snowmageddon, and Kelly went rogue as a half sailor, half beach-goer.

We managed to all compete together in some homemade events, like the four woman one monkey bobsled, and ate enough empty calories and processed cheese to kill a fine-tuned Olympian. We also decided that we were going to start curling and revolutionize Team USA in 2014. If we can get them to adopt sassier uniforms that is. I’m counting down the days already – only 1,460 left to learn the sport, train, and win the gold!

Most. Amazing. Picture. Ever.

Most. Amazing. Picture. Ever.

Here we are competing in the bobsled. Mr. Nelson the monkey is a great leader and teammate.

Here we are competing in the bobsled. Mr. Nelson the monkey is a great leader and teammate.

Team USA! Look for us in 2014 when we dominate curling.

Team USA! Look for us in 2014 when we dominate curling.

One more of these priceless gems. Here you can even see Georgia's skating costume bought in the children's aisle of Costco.

One more of these priceless gems. Here you can even see Georgia's skating costume bought in the children's aisle of Costco.

Karin thanks the greatest men on skates

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

ice skating

Ah, figure skating. Sure the chicks get all the attention, but the men, the men! They have such power and pizzazz! Plus the outfits are even more ridiculous when worn by cute guys. I loved tonight’s men’s short program for many reasons. One, a Belgian competed. As a half-Belgian this was incredibly inspiring for me as about three people live in Belgium and it’s very exciting to see one. We are a bit like unicorns, not sure if we’re real or not.

Two, an angry European was able to swear his face off much to my amusement.¬†Clearly no one from NBC speaks French or they might have censored Brian Joubert of France who exclaimed in his native tongue, “Fuck this fucking Olympics of shit,” right before he was scored. Yes, he fell on his arse, but man, what a mouth! Manners, Brian, manners. Of course the French language is so pretty that NBC probably thought he was quoting Proust.

And third, I got to cheer for my man Johnny Weir. I kind of think that Johnny Weir and I could be best friends. I feel the same way about Karl Lagerfeld so maybe the three of us could hang out. What I really love about Johnny is that he is so unabashedly gay. He skated wearing fishnet gloves and half his torso laced up like a Dutch hooker. It was awesome. I mean, if you can’t be gay in figure skating, where can you be gay? And boy does he work it. That man skates with hips and thighs and ridiculous adornments (pink shoulder tassel??) flying. And he’s really good.

One of my interns said to me yesterday that she has never met anyone so obsessed with the Olympics. This may be true because I am already hyperventilating that there are only 12 days of Olympic bliss left! Men’s long program Thursday – Go Johnny!

I love how unabashedly flaming Johnny Weir is. It's kind of awesome. I mean, why be closeted in men's figure skating? And I really love that he had pink corset laces and a tassel on his black and hot pink short program ensemble.

I love how unabashedly flaming Johnny Weir is. It's kind of awesome. I mean, why be closeted in men's figure skating? And I really love that he had pink corset laces and a tassel on his black and hot pink short program ensemble.

Karin thanks the city of Spokane

Monday, January 25th, 2010

spokane

I have terrible taste in many things. Music comes to mind. Movies are another one. I’ve never met a romcom I don’t like and I unabashedly sing the praises of Sandra Bullock and all Nora Ephron flicks. But perhaps my most ridiculous quality are the sports I like to watch. While most red-blooded Americans would give their right arm for Super Bowl tickets, I would say yes to rythmic gymnastics or ice dancing over football any day.

As I did competitive gymnastics growing up, I now spend a lot of time rooting for the tiny tots as they do triple twisting layouts on a four inch beam. But in the winter, it’s all about figure skating. I simply love it – the outfits, the tension of will they or won’t they throw the triple, the back and forth commentary between Scott Hamilton and Bob Costas. I’m on the edge of my seat! So tonight I was literally salivating as I switched on my DVR to watch the women’s finals that took place in Spokane, WA Saturday night.

Now to properly prepare myself, I watched the film the Cutting Edge starring a young Moira Kelly and a hunky DB Sweeney where they go for Olympic Gold! This is a terribly underrated film. I am very surprised it did not win best picture for the year 1992. What it did do was get me ready for Spokane 2010. And it’s a good thing I prepared as it was thrilling! Sasha Cohen did not have the comeback she was hoping for, but Mirai Nagasu and Rachael Flatt simply delivered. Great hopes for America, though I hear the South Korean Kim Yu-Na is unbeatable…let the countdown to Vancouver begin!

Rachael Flatt reacting to her gold medal win! Can you feel the emotion!! I nearly fainted.
Rachael Flatt reacting to her gold medal win! Can you feel the emotion!! I nearly fainted.

Mirai Negasu and Rachael Flatt celebrate their wins. Americas best hope!

Mirai Nagasu and Rachael Flatt celebrate their wins. America's best hope!