Yesterday, I was excitedly telling my friend that I got my press pass to cover the Ice Theatre of New York benefit gala honoring Nancy Kerrigan on October 27. I HATE when the next sentence is -- "Who?" I know, I know, this is not a skating fan or skater, but still! Actually, sometimes I appreciate moments like this because it makes me revisit past performances that perhaps I've forgotten about. Sometimes if the person is near my laptop with a wireless connection, I'll make them sit through a few minutes of a program. "What? You don't have three minutes to sit and watch this? You just spent seven minutes on line for coffee at Starbucks! I know because I was waiting with you!"
SO, with this friend, I wanted to show him Nancy's short program from the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. She skated beautifully -- lovely lines and extension, solid jumps and spins -- no wonder she was first after the short. I think everyone was also holding their breath that she would skate well after dealing with the Tonya Harding incident, and boy, did she deliver! In addition to bearing a resemblance to Katherine Hepburn, I also liked that Nancy didn't "milk" the knee-whacking incident too much. Yes, of course, she was at the center of it all, but she could have taken it over-the-top, and I just didn't think she did. Some of my friends disagree, but oh well, they can get their own Clip of the Week!