Figure skating is probably one of the most beautiful and exciting of winter sports. No wonder it was the first winter sport included in the Olympics. Figure skating is also often associated with entertainment and show business. Many skaters after their competitive careers begin to take part in different ice shows, which are truly amazing!
So, my advice to you – get a huge cup of cocoa and spend this evening watching one of these exiting and truly amazing ice shows instead of your favorite TV series (just for a change). But before I would like to introduce you to some of the most famous present-day figure skating stars and their most memorable achievements and skating programs.
Swiss spin-master Stephane Lambiel
Lambiel began skating when he was a 7 years old. Fast-forward to today he is a nine-time Swiss champion, two-time World champion and the Olympic silver medalist. He is mostly known for his incredible spins. He never gets tired to surprise his fans with the unique pirouettes and he is like a real hurricane when spinning.
Surya Bonaly and her “illegal” backflip at the Olympics
Bonaly is actually the biggest bad ass in Olympics history. Why? – During the 1998 Olympics Bonaly was tired of being given unjustly lower scores than other skaters and she decided to send the judges a message. Bonaly performed the backflip during her free skate; the thing is this move is considered to be illegal in competitions. She didn’t get scores for this backflip but it caused a fuss. It should be said that there were 3 other all-men-skaters who did backflips, but she was the only one to land on one blade!