What a delightful coincidence: The World Figure Skating Championships are currently ongoing in Boston!

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Look, I’m not going to pretend I understand the finer points of figure-skating; I’m from Georgia, where what little ice we’ve got is for putting in over-sugared tea, not dancing upon. But by God, I know pure artistry and athleticism when I see it. For instance, all these couples from the Free Dance Program portion of the competition.

Here we have Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of the United States, doing something that really doesn’t look like it should work according to the laws of physics.

How many broken bones do you think France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron amassed over their lifetimes, learning to do things like this?

Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland of Great Britain. Or more specifically. Coomes’s legs and Nicholas Buckland.

Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Canada, looking like an actual plus sign.

Hello? What are you even doing, Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy?

Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Canada defying gravity.

Kana Muramoto and Chris Reed of Japan doing I don’t even know what.

This woman (Cecilia Torn of Finland, with her partner Jussiville Partanen) is maybe about to rocket into orbit.

At some point you’re just showing off. Something for Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri of Italy to think about.


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