Friday, April 12, 2013
Scott Williams' "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana
Scott Williams, a 3-time U.S. medalist back in the 1980s, is perhaps most recognized, by a younger generation, as Michelle Kwan's coach for the 2003 season, standing at the boards with her as she won her 7th U.S. Championship and 5th and final World Championship that year. I do not remember Scott from the 80s, as I was too young, but when figure skating experienced an explosion of popularity in the mid-late 90s, as a result of the Tonya/Nancy scandal, Scott frequently appeared on TV in a variety of skating shows and competitions. I remember that he had a very distinct and creative style. He was definitely a skater that made you sit up and take notice. In a way, his creativity and quirkiness on the ice reminded me of Canadian Gary Beacom.
One program of Scott's that I clearly remember is "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana. Not only do I love this song, as I think Nirvana is brilliant, I remember Scott's explosive and innovative rendition of this great grunge classic on ice. I have not seen this program in 16 years. I just watched it and am blown away by Scott's edge control, skating skills, and his blazing set of barrell rolls, starting at about 4:10 in the video. Very impressive. I've seen other skaters attempt that move, but it's nothing like what I see Scott doing here. As the commentator says, he's one of the "specialists" at that move, and you can see why.
Overall, Scott's skating is different and fun to watch. I can't wait to look up more of his videos! For now though, enjoy "Smells Like Teen Spirit," and see for yourself why I think Scott's skating is so, well, spirited.