I have officially found a new sport on ice, besides hockey, that I thoroughly enjoy watching. And, in complete contrast to hockey, which features bone crushing hits and the occasional fight (which usually elicits as many or more cheers as the game itself), this sport has none of that.
I am referring to ice dancing.
I know, people who are familiar with me probably don't expect that kind of answer. But I watched some of the performances on the Olympics early this week and I have to say those skaters are just as athletic as most of the hockey players are. Plus, having tried to ice skate myself a few times and being very unsuccessful at standing up for more than 30 seconds, I appreciate the talent that it takes just to be able to balance yourself properly. I was watching a pair of dancers from France, who I believe walked away with a bronze medal. One of their "lifts" I believe is the term, consisted of the female skater being held in a headstand position on her male counterpart's neck.
All of this took place while the man was gliding across the ice. All I could think the entire time she was in the air was "oh lord please don't fall." I could just imagine what would have happened if that trick hadn't come off just right. I would not have wanted to be either of those skaters had something gone wrong.
And the others pairs I watched all had their own bag of tricks including the male skater tossing the female over his back or lifting her off the ice with her skate resting on his thigh (ouch). This is the first time I've ever watched the sport, and I have to say I'd watch it again.
Don't get me wrong, I love my hockey. But it's refreshing to see something a little more elegant on the ice rink too. So now I have two sports on the ice in which to cheer on the USA.