Arguably the biggest storyline to emerge from the Sochi Olympics’ inaugural team figure skating event was confirmation that Russia’s 15-year-old Yulia Lipnitskaya is ready to contend for ladies’ gold now (or rather on Feb. 19 and Feb. 20, when their individual competition finally takes place) as opposed to waiting for 2018. With her GIF-worthy flexibility, how long will her programs stay with you?
We asked 1998 gold medalist-turned-commentator Tara Lipinski for her picks for the five most memorable ladies’ performances ever. Four of them came on Olympic ice, one happened at the World Championships (Midori Ito fans, you know it). Watch the video below. Then give us your picks.
The most memorable ladies’ performance for me: Michelle Kwan’s exhibition number at the 2002 Olympics, skated to Eva Cassidy’s “Fields of Gold.” Kwan had won silver in 1998, then bronze in Salt Lake City. Somehow this program was simultaneously heartbreaking and healing. If you’re a Kwan fan, you’re guaranteed to get chills multiple times watching it again 14 years later.