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September 2019



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hilleviw in photo_scavenger

Green and Blue

I know, I'm running late with green.  Thing is, I knew I was going to be attending the US National Figure Skating Championships this weekend, and I decided to trust that someone would wear something green for me to shoot.  Skating spoilers under the cut, for those who care.

As it turns out, this didn't happen until the exhibitions after the competition, but it was a green worth waiting for.  Completely, unambiguously, green.  This is Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue skating their exhibition program after winning the bronze medal in ice dance:

For blue, I was spoiled for choice:  there were 7 pictures I considered for you and I uploaded them all to photobucket, but I've settled on these two for very different reasons.  First is this one of Morgan Bell.  She skated first in the Ladies' long program and placed 18th, so she'll never be shown on TV and she actually had a fairly pretty lay back spin; flawed foot position, but at least she isn't pointing her toe, and she really lays back into the spin.

Then there's this one of Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker skating the exhibition, after they earned the silver medal in pairs.  Mary Beth is just a kid of 16, and she and Rockne have been skating together for just a few minutes, but she looks as though she is having the time of her life.

Finally, this is neither green nor blue, but don't worry - if we get to violet I have plenty of options.  I just thought that if anyone else in the community cares for figure skating, you might like this one from the warm up for the long program, with reigning national and world champion ice dancers, Meryl Davis and Charlie White.  Damn, but it's hard to get a decent action shot when they move so fast!

I took a ridiculous number of pictures and I'm currently sorting them out and identifying which are the better shots.  If anyone tells me that you'd be interested, I will create an album on line somewhere and post a link to this community.


How exciting to have been there! And a great idea for color prompts.
It was very fun to be there, I see different things in person than on telly, like speed and ice coverage. Plus there's spotting all the skate celebrities in the audience. Todd Eldridge sat at the end of our row for the final flights of men; Ashley Wagner sat in front of us, Paul Wylie ran ino me in the concourse....
Oh what fun! I've been watching the European Championships on TV. My daughter and I were a bit upset that we hadn't realised they were to be in Sheffield this year or we might have made the trip and gone in person.
Really gorgeous! I know pretty much nothing about the technical side of skating/judging, but it's beautiful to watch, and your pictures caught the smooth swoopiness of it perfectly.
Very pretty!

I love the 'blue' one, not just for the skaters, but for the gorgeous blue light on the ice...makes the whole thing look very magical.
I love to watch ice skating--such a beautiful combination of art and athletics. Thanks for sharing.
What lovely pictures - I love the sense of movement in 'green', and the pose you've captured in the last picture is amazing.

I love watching ice skating, particularly pairs/dancing.
What wonderful photos! I'm so envious that you were there.

Did you see this one?


It's Rudy Galindo skating with his student Emma Hedican, Kristi Yamaguchi's six-year-old daughter. I love the way they're looking at each other. I've never been to a competition live, but Galindo has been a hero of mine ever since I saw the 1996 performance that won him first place in the men's national competition. He later wrote that he felt like angels were holding him up, and you could see that even on TV -- it was one of those incredible, perfect performances where all the stars and energies align and you just know that nothing's going to go wrong.