Many skaters are trying to freshen up their look, bring out more fire in their performance and attract the judges attention with every last effort they can make, so – no surprise – there has been a mass wardrobe change for the Olympics and many new short dance dresses have already made their debut. And we are only in the team event! Can’t wait to see more.
Tessa Virtue – It’s still cut high to the hip like her previous dress but this one sparkles even more with major bling and interestingly shows less flesh. (I also think it’s interesting that this dress has a rectangular motif, rather than triangular to match Scott. However, the solid black and glittering beads do match very well, as you can see.) As my sister said, “Tessa’s new dress is divine. One of my favourites ever. Even with one sleeve!”
Anna Capellini – She sparkly! (I’m so glad we are in a sparkly age. Go back and watch skating in the late 90s and early 2000s. No many sequins to be seen.) I’m glad Anna heard my thoughts on this one and went with solid, bright colour. She is no longer disappearing into the ice and it is a little more flamboyant, and well, Latin! Otherwise she stayed very similar to her first dress with the design but I love the jewels accenting the deep V. My one reservation is the jewels accent at her hip. I feel like the two accents look like they are fighting each other. I think it would have been better to do the hip as a flower in the same colour. My question is: in situations where the dress is similar to an earlier dress but say with the different bodice, does the skate have a whole new dress made or is the original just remodeled? I think it has to be a whole new dress, right?
Kavita Lorenz – I loved Kavita’s first dress. I would not have suggested a change but I have to say, I really quite like this one too. It’s a bold colour and she looks awesome. The other dress was super fun but this has a sleeker, more sophisticated feel. I’m so sorry to see the other go, but not a bad choice. I think it definitely gives them a new perspective.
I can’t find a video from the team event, so this will have to do for now. She still gets to be a member of the fringe club, although maybe this dress calls for a different type of skirt?
Word on the street is that Madison Chock has a new dress too. Can’t wait to see it! And of course, I think we will be seeing some changes in the free dance, if Tessa Virtue is anything to go by, but the free dance is a whole different subject.
I would briefly like to mention Yura Min as well. Poor Yura suffered an almost exposing wardrobe malfunction. I have to give her, and her partner, Gamelin, a lot of credit for almost entirely keeping it together and skating as if her dress wasn’t about to fly off. (It looked like it went early in the program. As I watched I felt sure something was not right up top quite a bit before it was clear that the snap had broken.) It was a fluke and they handled it well.
I did see a few comments online like saying things like why would you wear something like that? (Because it’s Latin and she looks great.) Or didn’t they test it out beforehand? Why didn’t they stop and fix it like Tonya did back in 1994? Well, figure skating has moved on a bit since then and they did test it before! Yura has worn this dress all season, competing in the Challenger Series, Grand Prix and at Four Continents in it. It had performed well up to this point. And they didn’t stop to fix the issue because if they stopped they would have lost points.
A very similar situation happened to Paradis and Oulette at the Four Continents in 2016. Her beautiful silver dress that she had worn all season came undone where it fastened at the top. They continued to skate for a moment but it was clear they could not go on like that because she had to use a hand to hold it up. They stopped to do her up but it took a moment to get all fastened, especially because they seemed quite rattled. They were deducted 3 points. Another example is when a shoelace snaps during a program. It happened to Brandon Frazier at the US International Classic 2017 this past fall and he elected not to stop rather than get the deduction. An interview detailed,
It was the first time he’d ever broken a lace in competition. On the Monday prior to the event, he had noticed that the hooks/eyelets on his skates were looking worn and took them to his skate technician for repair. Then on Wednesday after the official pairs practice in Salt Lake City, he noticed that his laces were shredded. Apparently, the new metal hooks on the skates were too sharp. Frazier went through several more sets of laces over the next couple days. “So I’ve been a little stressed about that,” Frazier said. “And I had to ask yesterday, ‘What happens if the laces break [during the competition]?’ And they’re like, ‘Well, you’ve got 40 seconds, and you’ll get a 3-point deduction.’ So that was on my mind.”
Here is the rule, 502.2: “An Interruption is defined as the time elapsed between the moment a Skater stops performing the program until the moment he resumes performing the program. For every Interruption of more than ten (10) seconds, there shall be a deduction (see Rule 353, paragraph 1.n.). If an Interruption lasts more than forty (40) seconds, an acoustic signal is produced by the Referee and the Skater/Pair/Couple is withdrawn.” (Yes, I’m showing off.)