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February 27th, 2014 — clothing, Olympics, snow and ice
This is the enduring image of the Sochi Games:
Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova with her palms facing the ceiling, imploring the crowd to cheer her on during the women’s free skate. The home fans complied, helping to lift Sotnikova to a controversial victory over South Korea’s Yuna Kim. Take a closer look at that iconic photo, and you’ll see something else besides Sotnikova’s sly grin. The 17-year-old gold medalist is wearing flesh-colored fabric in three different places: on her upper torso, her hands, and her legs.
The International Skating Union requires that costumes “be modest, dignified, and appropriate for athletic competition” and “not give the effect of excessive nudity.” Griffies uses a stretchy, translucent fabric called nude mesh; he prefers it to the alternative, nude lycra, because it allows you to see a skater’s muscle tone. …
What about the nude gloves that Sotnikova was wearing? Griffies, who was a competitive figure skater before he moved into fashion, explains that most triple-toe-loopers wear gloves in practice to stay warm, as well as to prevent cuts and scrapes (which can arise from falling on the ice or grabbing your blade during a spin). It feels strange to compete without them, Griffies says, so many skaters go with flesh-colored gloves, which make them feel comfortable but don’t distract the judges. …
Sotnikova completed her flesh-colored look with a set of over-the-boot tights. Griffies hates that look—he prefers the classic feel of a bright white skate. (So does Gracie Gold.) Sotnikova and other skaters wear those “OTB tights” for a bunch of reasons: because they supposedly make their legs look longer …
Nude Mesh vs. Nude Lycra: Figure Skating’s Faux-Nudity Secrets Revealed
February 26th, 2014 — Olympics, snow and ice
Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Medal standings:
February 25th, 2014 — Olympics, snow and ice, Trampoline
David Wise (born June 30, 1990) is an American freestyle skier.
On February 18, 2014 he became the first ever men’s Olympic gold medalist in halfpipe.
Click PLAY or watch him training Tramp in an X Games promo on YouTube.
That Super Tramp is made by Max Air. The “original” version was made by Dave Ross at Rebound Trampoline.
(via Trampoline Pundit)
February 24th, 2014 — Olympics, snow and ice
Sarah Jean Burke (September 3, 1982 – January 19, 2012) was a Canadian freestyle skier who was a pioneer of the superpipe event. She was a four-time Winter X Games gold medalist, and won the world championship in the halfpipe in 2005.
She successfully lobbied the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to have the event added to the Olympic program for the 2014 Winter Olympics. She was considered a medal favourite in the event. Burke died following a training accident in Utah. …
Burke’s memory lived on in Sochi with a tributes from volunteers who skied in a heart shape before the halfpipe finals.
via Mashable – 10 Inspiring Sochi Moments That Embody the Olympic Spirit
February 23rd, 2014 — Olympics, snow and ice
The 2018 Winter Olympics … scheduled to take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, between 9-25 February 2018. …
February 22nd, 2014 — ethics, Olympics, snow and ice
Swiss cross-country skier Dario Cologna won a gold medal and then waited 28 minutes to congratulate last-place finisher Roberto Carcelen of Peru at the finish line. …
Gold Medalist Waits At The Finish Line For 28 Minutes To Shake Hands With The Guy Who Came In Last
February 21st, 2014 — Olympics, snow and ice, twisting
February 20th, 2014 — humour, Olympics, snow and ice
The latest from Dvora Meyers.
Elle – Olympic Meme-ing Is a Ladies’ Sport
February 20th, 2014 — snow and ice
Cinderella Story: Julia Lipnitskaya
Her Strengths: Her flexibility and the hometown advantage. Lipnitskaya (also spelled Lipnitskaia) is the Russian word for Gumby. And her spins and spirals can take your breath away. …
The Wire – Getting to Know the Olympic Women Figure Skaters, in GIFs
February 17th, 2014 — Olympics, physical preparation, snow and ice
The next big star. Very flexible.
Yulia Lipnitskaya … On 9 February 2014, by winning gold in the team event at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, she became the youngest Olympic gold medalist in ladies singles figure skating history, six days younger than American Tara Lipinski, when she won the 1998 Winter Olympics at 15 in Nagano, Japan. …
Click PLAY or watch her on YouTube.
February 12th, 2014 — Gymnastics, Olympics, snow and ice
How the differences between gymnastics and figure skating explain the winter sport’s declining popularity.
Slate – Tumbling Ice
February 12th, 2014 — ethics, Olympics, snow and ice
After his own miserable afternoon in the midst of the greatest 24 hours in our Olympic history, Canadian cross-country ski coach Justin Wadsworth wandered over to the finish line.
His own athletes were all eliminated early. He was crestfallen. He wanted to watch the end of the semifinal in the men’s free sprint.
As he stood there, surrounded by other officials, he spotted Russian Anton Gafarov coming over a rise. Gafarov, an early medal favourite, was struggling miserably.
He’d crashed on a quick downhill corner and broken a ski. …
read more – Canadian coach’s act of kindness in cross country skiing at Sochi Olympics reflects all of us: Kelly
February 12th, 2014 — Olympics, snow and ice