Friday, October 30, 2009


Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo are comfortably ahead in the Cup of China competition and their short program made it seem as though they had never been away. Their triple twist was a testament to his strength, their timing and her courage! I have no doubt, barring injury (heaven forfend) that they will win an Olympic Gold Medal for China. Consider that their coach was part of the first Chinese pair skating team and they were laughed at by the international figure skating community, so amateurish were their programs. From that very humble beginning, he has built a powerhouse in the area of pair skating and has recruited skaters who do honor to themselves, their coach and ultimately their country. Well done.

In other news, Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto of the United States are well in the lead after the compulsory dances and the original dance. There is a wonderful synergy between these two - his in-your-face masculinity combined with her delicate beauty and strength! One can only say "wow" when watching these two.

It's gonna be a good weekend kids! Forget the clowns in Washington, D.C., none of whom can remotely approach the excellence and skill of the least of these competing skaters!

As an aside, I'm watching the competition on and just noticed that one of the advertisements along the "boards" is for Dairy Queen of all things! In China?

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