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Friday, November 21, 2008

No Canadians were harmed in the making of this video. Amazingly.

Not sure what brought this to mind right now, but cast your mind back to the 1994 Winter Olympics. If you think about skating and remember them at all , then if you're British you probably think of Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean making their comeback after about ten years as professionals, and just missing out on gold with Let's Face The Music and Dance. But I remember watching the skating ehibition on TV. Now in the exhibition, the medallists all get to do routines which don't have to conform to the competition rules, so for example they can use music with lyrics. They also are no longer under pressure to turn in perfect performances to get points but can go all out for entertainment value. I remember two of the routines from the Lillehammer exhibition: Torvill & Dean who resurrected Bolero, probably the most famous piece of ice skating in history, and thus demonstrated that you can be hugely entertaining and still keep withing the rules. And the Canadian pairs figure skaters who got the bronze medal. I had to Google them to find their names (Isabelle Brasseur & Lloyd Eisler) but their routine (to Bryan Adams' There Will Never Be Another Tonight) stuck in my mind. Let's be clear: when I saw it for the first time it took my breath away, and I must have rewound it and watched it a dozen times in quick succession. I can report that 14 years later it still takes my breath away. Two people simply going for it. Nothing to play for, nothing to prove, just letting it all hang out regardless of the very real risks to their (or her, at least) coming out with spines intact. And if you can watch this video without exclaiming "Holy Shit!" or your local equivalent, check yourself for a pulse.


At 21 November, 2008 18:37, Blogger Persephone said...

Brasseur and Eisler are actually pretty close to household names in Canada; at least they were in the nineties, and up until their retirement from active figure skating a few years ago. They continued to skate together even after their romantic relationship ended. I remember their performing a moving duet to "Tears in Heaven" (another modern funeral classic) after the death of Isabelle's father.


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