Sunday, February 14, 2010

Skaters show grace in Olympic glare

When it comes to Olympic pairs figure skating, I'll leave the details to the people who really know the sport.

I'm easy to impress.

Never mind the lifts and jumps and spins.

How do they skate backwards?

Yeah, I know. Practice, practice, practice.

Which is what Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett and Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig did a lot at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex en route to Vancouver and the 2010 Winter Games.

They were beautiful to watch in Sunday night's short program.

Whatever the technical error was in the first pair's routine, I didn't notice.

What I did notice about the second pair's routine was they seemed to perform with a sense of ease. Unlike Denney-Barrett, who came into the games spotlighted as U.S. skating champions, Evora-Ladwig had nothing to lose coming into Vancouver as U.S. runnersup.

Whatever, both pairs took our breath away.

Whether there's a medal in store, we'll see.

Ellenton staff coach Kelly Paige said doing well in the short program is critical, because there might be too much ground to make up otherwise in Monday night's long program.

We'll be watching.

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