The pairs competition at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics begins on Sunday, February 14 -- Valentine's Day! (See complete figure skating schedule here.) Get ready for high flying triple twists, throw triple, even quadruples, and other heart-pounding tricks that make it exciting and also unbelievably dangerous. The New York Times even did a story about the morbid attraction of figure skating crashes on Youtube.
And let's hope that that the International Skating Union (ISU) never approves tricks done by ice acrobats Bert Cording and Oleksiy Polishchuk (see right). What they do should only be done by...them. The duo recently performed at an ice benefit last year called Skate for Knowledge in Little Falls, New Jersey. Every time they went for a trick, I had to cover my face and my videographer commented, "It's a good thing I'm in charge of the camera or you couldn't shoot any of this." Bert, by the way, is a former U.S. pairs competitor (interesting that he's now the one being lifted), and Oleksiy was doing his ice acrobatics for a very long time with Vladimir Besedin, before he retired from performing. Enjoy everyone!
Note: The benefit also featured Johnny Weir skating his signature Ave Maria number (before Lady GaGa's Poker Face took over), Jeremy Abbott debuting a new show program Gotta Get Thru This and Israeli ice dancers Sasha and Roman Zaretsky having fun with Hit the Road Jack.)