Olympic Pairs Figure Skating Brings The Drama…And Clowns

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Every four years the same thing happens. The Winter Olympics air non-stop, and our desire to watch figure skating, which normally lies dormant, bursts through and we are enthralled by the drama, artistry,  and occasional ridiculousness of it all. And we’ll drag our our boyfriend, co-workers, and anyone who will listen down with us.

This weekend gave us an especially riveting pairs short program competition and we learned that China’s Xue Shen and Hingbo Zhao, partners for 18 years, were competing in their last Olympics ever, so it was make-it-or-break-it time. Luckily, despite a shaky final routine, they won the gold medal. We also learned that Yuko Kavaguti, who is originally from Japan, moved to Russia and became a citizen in order to compete with partner Alexander Smirnov and is now known in her native country as a “traitor skater”. A backstory with a rhyming, hurtful nickname? Doesn’t get much better than that, folks. But maybe our favorites are German skaters Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy. These two dressed as clowns while performing a routine set to “Send In The Clowns”. Subtlety is clearly not their strength, though they managed to grab the bronze so it worked for them.

As far as some of the outfits go, there are no words. But boy, were there pictures. For a look at all the sparkle, lamé and feathery fringe, check out our gallery below.

[Photos: Getty Images]

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