Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin (2010 European Championships)
Stéphane Lambiel (2006 Torino Olympics)
Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy (2010 European Championships)
Oksana Baiul (1994 Olympics)
Marina Aganina and Artem Knyazev (2006 Olympics)
Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat (2006 Olympics)
Elena Grushina and Ruslan Goncharov (2006 Torino Olympics)
Ilia Kulik (1998 Olympics)
Barbara Fusar-Poli and Maurizio Margaglio (2006 Torino Olympics)
Johnny Weir (2006 Olympics)
Definitely Dom/Shabs, ugly and somewhat offensive considering the program. Also agree with the poster who mentioned Tonya's 1994 Nationals dress with the massive flesh-toned insert. If she had been anymore well-endowed, that program would have needed an "R" rating because she definitely would have nipslipped into the center of the dress.
"Once you've skated together long enough, and you're really good friends, you can close your eyes, put your hand out and she's right there." Joe Dolkiewicz, 2011 US Novice Pairs Bronze Medalist
Do Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin costumes count as costumes anyway? Its just illusion mesh. Using too much illusion mesh should be illegal.
I am voting for a costume with a gold medal. So I voted for Kulik and not D/S because they were bronze they didn't even win and the kulik shirt was so bad and everyone was saying it was ridiculous and it was part of an actual success at an Olympics and not a failure like D/S.
No Chait/Sakhnovsky's clowns on crack costumes? What short memories we have!
I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally.~W. C. Fields
am i crazy?
i thought johnny's swan costume was nice. yes it was extremely flamboyant and over the top but it was done in the right way (imo)..after all, it's figure skating!
i prefer skating costumes to be simple and elegant (michelle's vera wang costumes were the best imo) but if you're going to go crazy then what johnny did with the swan is the way to do it imo. it was kind of the male counterpart to one of sasha cohen's beautiful swan lake dresses from 2004 (also with feather details)
I agree. That costume was freakin' awesome.
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I really liked Stephane's costume, too.
As to your off-topic point of making him do a real dance that he probably couldn't do and may have made big mistakes on...tough. It's a competition and I still think Linichuk's saying it's not supposed to represent any real folk dance or culture was an admission of not following the rules of the OD or it was simple backtracking after the real negativity it received from Aboriginal groups to the point where even the composer of the one of the pieces wanted nothing to do with their dance.
As to the point that's relevant to this thread, I think people really did have an issue with the cultural misrepresentation of that OD.
Sol Bellear, of the New South Wales state Aboriginal Land Council, said: "It's very offensive."We see it as stealing Aboriginal culture, and it is yet another example of the Aboriginal people of Australia being exploited."It's been absolutely stolen without our permission and without consultation of the relevant dance groups within Aboriginal Australia."
https://themoscowdiaries.wordpress.c...a-obama-out-to get-racist-russian-figure-skaters/Sheila Chandra, the singer of the song the Russian skaters were using in their routine (the song, let’s recall, was not even Aboriginal), had to send a letter to the Olympic Committee and the Figure Skating Federation of Russia, demanding that the fragment of her song be removed from the routine’s soundtrack.
Of course, I do think the other teams and federations took full advantage of the controversy for their full benefit. That's how figure skating politicks work. It's dirty and distasteful. However, that doesn't change the fact that there was a controversy over cultural misrepresentation and insensitivity in the first place. It's not simply black and white. One thing doesn't necessarily negate the other, but could be seen as a consequence of the first action.
It probably all stems from Linichuk's lack of creativity and DomShab's dance is sort of in-line with old-school stereotypical portrayals of other cultures by dancers that were accepted in the past. Look at Krylova/Ovsiannikov's African Drums dance. Linichuk was probably shocked that she's getting criticized for something that had been accepted in a less culturally-cognizant past.
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