With the inclusion of snowboarding and freestyle skiing in their various high-flying forms, the games have a modern extreme-sports edge that wasn’t present when I was a kid.
The traditional Alpine sports (skiing, speedskating) look more and more classical.
Ice dancing draws attention to the sport’s tacky and flimsy costumes, its obsession with appearances (which also mean its unacknowledged eating disorders), its often cheesy choreography and unimaginative music.
( On Monday night, though, ice dancing was in the spotlight stateside, because Meryl Davis and Charlie White of Michigan became the first Americans to win gold in the discipline.
The back story to the event’s finale is like something from a Disney flick: The two top teams practice alongside each other in suburban Detroit with the same coach, Marina Zoueva. They’ve seen each other nearly every day as they’ve trained for Sochi.
“It was really special for us to be in that venue.” China's Wenjing Sui and Cong Han won the pairs title, ahead of reigning world champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada, with fellow Canadians Liubov Ilyushechkina and Dylan Moscovitch taking bronze.
It was the fourth time the Chinese pair had won the title, but was particularly special as it was their first event of the season following a long lay-off for Sui due to injury. “When we chose the long program, everybody loved it, the coach and (choreographer) Lori (Nichol) loved it,” she continued.
Virtue and Moir won gold four years ago in Vancouver, with Davis and White taking silver.
They’ve traded first place in the world championships over the past four years, with first Virtue-Moir winning gold, then Davis-White, etc.