oyceter has a solid post on the privileging of female figure skaters as dolls rather than athletes; also on the appropriation of Asianness in Kill Bill.
Also: say what you will about the Metro, but their front page photos of the women's figure skating results were better than the Herald *or* the Globe.
Anyway. The gala skate itself.
The Italian couple reminded me of . . . um, remind me who the really playful American men's skater of about a decade ago is?
Oh, Johnny Weir skating to Frank Sinatra's "My Way."
I was pleased that I got to see Evgeny Plushenko skate since I didn't see him during either night of the men's skating. And yeah, he really is amazing.
I really wasn't all that taken with most of the gala skates.
Sandra Bezic: "The reason why ice dancing is so captivating is the connection between a man and a woman. It draws us in, and it makes us want to feel that."
*sighs* Oh the heteronormativity.
We taped the second half so my parents could go to bed, so despite the fact that I watched it last night, I drifted in and out while they watched tonight. This meant I also saw the Sasha Cohen interview (which I hadn't seen last night). I really liked her gala skate, and I'm sorry sk8eeyore but I do rather like her.