Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Oh So Freaking Fabulous: Lipinski and Weir
Finally, Yours Truly has a new reason to watch figure skating. You see, back in the day, when there was Nancy Kerrigan, Tonya Harding, and Kristi Yamaguchi this Cutting Edge Wannabe gobbled up every bit of figure skating news she could get her grubby little hands on. As a part time, at home, sock skater (whose career ended early when an attempt at a triple loop landed her face first on a hard wood floor) I was the sort of child who sycophantically watched the likes of Kristi Yamaguchi and then locked herself in her room in hopes of perfecting skating maneuvers. But like most childhood fantasies, my love of the sport eventually dwindled Yep, after the Kwan and Lipinski years, I grew up, fell away from the sport, and haven't looked back since, until now. Why, you ask? What caused this sudden change of heart? The commentating. NBC's prime time announcers Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir have provided snappy commentary along with outrageous color coordinated wardrobes throughout the Sochi Games. They're videos (yes they have videos) are fun to watch and their commentary is easy to listen to. Because here's the thing, Guys: Nothing beats hearing the pros call their fellow athletes "reality tv stars" who provide all the drama of Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian while still participating in a sport. Let's face it. Its sick but we all love it when the skaters fall, and so do Lipinski and Weir. In fact, this dynamic duo has quickly become so popular that some fans are calling for long time commentators Sandra Bezic (choreographer) and Scott Hamilton (1984 Olympic Champion) to retire and let their younger counterparts take the lead.