Belbin/Agosto Lose Ice Dancing Worlds to Russia

After finishing second, third, third, and fourth in the last four ice dancing world championships, the United States’ Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto sat in great position in Los Angeles Friday night after a stunning free dance routine.  Would that be enough for their first world gold?

Tanith Belbin

(Tanith Belbin’s probably not okay with second place)

No, for the Russians pulled their own miniature Miracle on Ice and stole gold on their final routine, leaving Belbin and Agosto flabbergasted.  The charming Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin pleased the judges with their collection of ice skating parlor tricks and left the thematically tight Americans jabbing about the loss of romance in ice dancing.

Oksana Domnina

Of course, it’s not much of a miracle if the Russians win the medal more than anyone else historically, but that’s frozen water under the bridge now. Read more…

U.S. Figure Skating Epic Slapfest in the Making

The NEW YORK TIMES brings to America’s attention the brewing rivalry between the top two male figure skaters in the United States, Johnny Weir and Evan Lysacek. Alan Schwartz dances around the issue deftly in his open, but we can sum it up much more easily:

Tanith Belbin

(You wouldn’t choose sides because one of them is dating her, would you?)

One’s fey! One’s butch! One’s dating Tanith Belbin; one’s not talking about it, hmm okay? We smell sitcom! Someone ink Scott Hamilton as the wacky next door neighbor!

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