It is possibly the breath-taking blend of ethereal beauty and imminent danger that makes figure skating so mesmerizing to watch. Who can deny the wonder of watching Yulia Lipnitakaya’s phenomenal short program she performed at the age of fifteen for the Sochi 2014 Olympics. The music she skated to victory with on that illustrious occasion was the poignant theme from Schindler’s List. As the figure skater interprets the music, keeping its rhythm, ebb and flow, complicated jumps, spins and flips are executed. The flexibility of figure-skating is shown in the moves that start out as individual achievements, only to be copied by every aspiring star thereafter. That is more difficult to execute in later years.
A quick look at the phenomenal skill of figure skating pairs like Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov at the same Sochi Olympics is awe-inspiring for technical expertise and beauty. Figure skating pairs usually differ considerably in height on account of the fact the men must throw their partners spinning up in the air and the lifts are executed above the head at the full outstretch of the arm. The ice dance champions are, conversely, similar in height and they may not lift their partners that high and they never fling them up in the air. Ice dance fosters the beauty of two figure skaters dancing as one.
The current 2019 reigning ice dance team, Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, still just 24 and 25 years old. skate for France. As figure skating goes, these two are technically near perfect and their experience affords them the confidence to do what others dare not.