This afternoon on NBC there was a skating special called Riverdance on Ice. The show combined the best of the Irish stepdancing and music on stage with some of the best professional figure skaters in the world. The spirited music and dancing of Riverdance reminded me of one of Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz's signature freedances to the music of Riverdance.
The 2003 World ice dance champions skated their "Riverdance" program during the 1997/98 season. They finished a controversial fourth at the 1998 Nagano Olympics (many felt they were under- marked and should have finished on the podium), and third at the 1998 World Championships in Minneapolis. Bourne and Kraatz's combination of the staccato steps of traditional Irish step with the smooth flowing edges of figure skating is a terrific contrast. This team exhibited great heart and artistic flair each time they skated this program, winning over the heart's of the audiences. Bourne and Kraatz exemplify the best that ice dancing has to offer.
Posted below is a video of Shae-Lynn and Victor's 1998 Olympic skate, followed by their 1998 World Championship one.