Olympic Heart

Last night I was about to go to bed, but right before I tucked myself in I decided to tune into the olympics for a few moments. It was the finals of the pairs figure skating so I thought I’d watch who would win. I noticed that the russian couple Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin I had seen a few years ago skated a flawless performance and had all but sealed the deal. The only reason I knew about them previous to the Olympics was b/c of a nasty fall that happened in Pittsburg two years ago. Maxim (the guy) had lifted Tatiana high over his head with their hands interlocked. During the lift he stumbled and Tatiana toppled down, landing totally on her face. It was horrible. She made a full recovery but they said that his confidence was always shaken after that fall, so I was glad to see that they made a wonderful comeback and had taken gold.

There was only one couple left to skate Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang of China. They’re known for the huge air they get on their jumps, and it makes sense since she is a tiny little thing. Their performance starts out fine, but about 20 seconds into it they go for their first big throw-jumpy thing. Hao launches Dan Zhang (yes Dan is the girl) into the air and she does about 81 twists before coming back to earth……….on her knees. I couldn’t believe it! I totally jumped up in bed, grabbed the remote and rewound it. They tried to continue but her left leg was just dangling there like a dog with a sore paw. I felt so bad for her/them. In China if you don’t perform well in the olympics it’s not good. They skated back to the trainger and medic and they checked it out. Meanwhile the coach looked pissed, they checked her out and she said that she was going to go on. She sucked it up and they went for it. According to Olympic rules you can continue with your program even if there is a huge break, I believe you have to restart within a certain time limit. Regardless, they went back on the ice and performed beautifully nailing every landing, skating in sync, everything. It was really cool to watch it all unfold.

I was impressed at the heart this little 20 year old showed, it was huge, skating through the pain and putting on such a great performance. Amazingly, after the fall and everything, they took SILVER! I’m sure disney can’t wait to get their hands on this story, it’s too good to be true. I’ve looked and looked for the video today, and this was the easiest to find, you really should watch it in its entirety. If you go to msnbc.com there is a slightly better video with better camera angles, but it’s a pain to link to so I didn’t include it here.

If you can’t see the video below use this Link.


  1. Phil said,

    February 14, 2006 @ 11:10 pm

    Oh Snaps!

  2. Anthony B said,

    February 15, 2006 @ 7:11 pm

    Dude, I am still reeling from the painfulness of that throw and the ladning…
    I keep on cringing everytime I think about it since I saw that video..
    Hey, how do you share videos like that????
    ABC signing out…

    __We are the Knights who say Ni__

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