I'm planning a big Olympic wrap up post with lots of photos and deets from the events I saw, but today I hope to tickle your funny bone with a few of my fave skating encounters.
As you may have read in a previous post, I am a skating fan. My sister-in-law calls me a groupie.
I was, however, thrilled to have a few close encounters with different skating personalities over the five events I attended:
First, I nearly peed next to Tatiana Tarasova. That is, I ran into her outside the bathrooms. Tarasova coaches Mao Asada, and is pictured here with Sasha Cohen. I think she was wearing the same coat the other day. She definitely had the same hair:
Next, I was waiting for hot dog, when I turned and came nose to nose with Victor Petrenko. He coaches Johnny Weir. I might have asked him for a photo, but the guy was hungry. I couldn't interrupt his hotdog.
I also came within spitting distance of Josee Chouinard (a fave Canadian skater of mine), and coach Frank Carroll.
A few other interesting things:
- During each 5 minute warm up session each skater got a little intro. I assume they had to fill out a generic list of likes-- it might have been a checklist, actually, because most were very similar. We joked that it was like a drinking game mixed with a personals ad. All the girls loved music and shopping, and all the boys liked movies and cars. I expected "long walks on the beach" to be next. My favourite was Johnny Weir's which ended with, "Johnny speaks French and Russian, and has a small clothing line in South Korea."
Fashion award goes to this mother/daughter team and their fabulous boots:
Finally, the "what in the world does this have to do with figure skating" award goes to these gymnasts/contortionists who "performed" throughout the events. I have no idea why they were there, but they did get their picture taken a lot:
We are ready for the hockey game later this afternoon-- go Canada! It should be a great game.