Saturday, January 19, 2013
Countdown to the U.S. Championships: Great Moments in U.S. Championship History: Brooke Castile and Ben Okolski's "Requiem for a Dream"
One of my favorite U.S. pairs freeskates in recent memory. Brooke and Ben are the complete package. It's unfortunate that injuries held them back from achieving the international success that I think they could have had as healthy athletes, but this U.S. Championship win in Spokane, Washington, is a moment to applaud. My sister and I also had the pleasure of meeting Brooke at the U.S. Championships in Cleveland in 2009. She was just as lovely in person as she appears on the ice. In Cleveland that year, though Brooke and Ben struggled and finished 5th, their "Claire de Lune" freeskate, choreographed by the talented Marina Zoueva, was an artistic marvel.
Enjoy Ben and Brooke's "Requiem for a Dream":