Cute Rudy, Kristi, and Todd - circa 1987 - 1990
Oh, how sweet. I hadn't seen this before.
Even at that age, stellar Rudy with all the style and signature moves! He seemed kind of subdued, though, in the kiss n' cry after winning. Maybe his biography gives a hint to what he was feeling behind-the-scenes. Sad to know all that was to come before Rudy would finally break through some 9 + years later to fulfill his potential at Nationals and Worlds, beating at '96 Nats the favorite Todd Eldrege -- who I didn't realize took second to Rudy at Junior Worlds in 1987 (before the Internet made following juniors more accessible). Todd and Rudy are so cute on the podium. The third place finisher from the Soviet Union, I've never heard of before.
Love Rudy's response to the interviewer regarding why he started skating pairs: "My sister skated pairs ... then I saw Kristi and I wanted to skate with her, badly."
Look at Rudy's costume too! Shades of Johnny, before Johnny.
Young Kristi and Rudy -- so accomplished at a young age.
Love their entry into death spiral -- and their opposite direction jumps and spins. The color commentator is interesting and sounds familiar.
The Nats 1990 feature on Kristi brings back memories... In hindsight, by that time already it was becoming more about Kristi than about Rudy and Kristi as a team. I guess Rudy's name was spelled with an "i" back then to coincide with the spelling of Kristi's name.
Aw ... thanks for all of the links!