Day 14 Part Deux – Grace and Beauty

Yu-Na Kim of Korea competes to win the gold medal during the Ladies Free Skating Program at the Pacific Coliseum during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics on February 25, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Donald Miralle) 

Yu-Na Kim of Korea competes to win the gold medal during the Ladies Free Skating Program at the Pacific Coliseum during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics on February 25, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Donald Miralle) 

Yu-Na Kim of Korea competes to win the gold medal during the Ladies Free Skating Program at the Pacific Coliseum during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics on February 25, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Donald Miralle) 

Yu-Na Kim of Korea cries after competing during the Ladies Free Skating Program at the Pacific Coliseum during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics on February 25, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Donald Miralle) 

The premier event of the Winter Olympics, the Ladies Free Skate Program, was a magical night of ice skating with the women in the final group giving performances of a lifetime. Even though many of us had to wait from 6am or earlier until 9pm when the best of the best skated, it was well worth the wait and one of the highlights of the games for me. Yu-Na Kim of Korea, after a skating a record short program, had one of the best performances in Olympic Figure Skating history, putting together a near perfect show where it left no doubt who the gold medal was going to. Rival Mao Asada of Japan skated to a silver medal with her triple axle, and Canadian Joannie Rochette completed her Olympic dream and a great story with a bronze just four days after her mother passed away from a heart attack.  I thought American Mirai Nagasu skated an unbelievable program as well, worthy of a medal, but was kept out of medal contention because of her youth and Rochette’s undeniable position to be on the podium. 

Rachel Flatt of the USA competes during the Ladies Free Skating Program at the Pacific Coliseum during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics on February 25, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Donald Miralle) 

Mao Asada of Japan competes to win a silver medal during the Ladies Free Skating Program at the Pacific Coliseum during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics on February 25, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Donald Miralle) 

Mao Asada of Japan from above remote (Photo by Donald Miralle) 

Akiko Suzuki of Japan performs during the Ladies Free Skating Program at the Pacific Coliseum during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics on February 25, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Donald Miralle) 

More Akiko…(Photo by Donald Miralle) 

It was a very long day and night, and after ingesting nearly my entire waller of CF cards from my hand held cameras, I was glad to see that my two remote cameras from the catwalk which I hung the night before took some nice frames as well. After they booted us out of the media room near 1am, Heinz Klutzmeier of Sports Illustrated and his Assistant Jason were gracious enough to give us a ride back to our hotel, where we grabbed some food and drink. By the time we got back to the hotel room, I went through and did some final edits on my take to ftp to a client while watching the replayed coverage of the figure skating. I was happy to see that from my position on ice level I ended up getting more TV time than the gold medalist Kim on the program, which is always good for the family and friends at home.

Yu-Na Kim of Korea wipes a tear in the Kiss and Cry after winning the gold medal during the Ladies Free Skating Program at the Pacific Coliseum during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics on February 25, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Donald Miralle) 

Yu-Na Kim of Korea reacts in the Kiss and Cry after winning the gold medal during the Ladies Free Skating Program at the Pacific Coliseum during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics on February 25, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Donald Miralle) 

Yu-Na Kim of Korea prepares for her victory lap celebrating her gold medal (Photo by Donald Miralle) 

Only a couple days left – Ohno and his quest for two more medals tomorrow at the short track, Men’s Slalom and Bobsled back up in Whistler on Saturday, and the Men’s Gold Medal Hockey Game (GO USA!!!) on Sunday to wrap up my Olympics. The end is near and the finish line is in sight…

Bronze medalist Joannie Rochette of Canada, silver medalist Mao Asada of Japan, and gold medalist Yu-Na Kim of Korea pose for photos during the Ladies Free Skating Program at the Pacific Coliseum during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics on February 25, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Donald Miralle) 

Comments

  1. i’ve been totally out of it with the olympics for at least 3 days- thanks for the updates! totally excited to watch the figure skating… gonna look for it online 🙂 keep up the good work!!! in the final stretch… yay!

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