Whenever the Olympics come around, I can't help but think about the only dance team I've ever loved more than Meryl and Charlie - Margarita Drobiazko and Povilas Vanagas. They are the only figure skaters in the history of the sport who made it to 5 Olympic Games. It's pretty impressive.
Do you think it is still possible for anyone to equal them? I mean, first off they were kind of lucky cause there was only a two-year cycle between 1992 and 1994, secondly skaters tend to retire at a much younger age than they used to in Rita and Povilas's times. I mean, ok, Plushenko and Joubert are on their way to their 4th Games, but they're already considered veterans way past their primetime, whereas D/V competed in 2006 like happy shiny 20-year-olds. Do you think the sport is getting too hard and demanding for anyone to ever come close to D/V's achievement?
Anyway, I just kinda wanted to bring this amazing fact to the light of day. What makes me sad is that probably the only reason that they did go to 5 Olympics was that they were chasing a dream that never came true (although probably should have). I loved this team to pieces and to this day, even after all these years, my heart still breaks when I think of all the times they were undermarked, all the medals they should've won but didn't.
So here it is - the Drobiazko/Vanagas appreciation thread, with a question mark whether someone will ever equal their 5 Olympic trips.