Saturday, January 12, 2013

Ode to Chen Lu: "The Last Emperor"--1995 World Championship-winning Freeskate

At the 1995 World Championships in Birmingham, England,18-year-old Chen Lu of China won her country's first World Championship gold medal. Skating to music from the film, The Last Emperor, with sophisticated and unique choreography by Canadian great Toller Cranston, "Lu Lu" paid tribute to her Asian heritage and made history in one fell swoop.

Lu had been a 2-time World bronze medalist ('92, '93) and won bronze at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. She finally broke out of the third place mold in Birmingham,with France's Surya Bonaly and USA's Nicole Bobek trailing.

This was the first time that I remember seeing Lu Lu with her hair grown-out and pulled back. In the years following, Lu Lu would continue to transform into a truly striking woman.

Enjoy Chen Lu's 1995 World Championship-winning freeskate!

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