Sunday, December 15, 2013
The 12 Days of Christmas Skating Countdown: Day 11: Kitty and Peter Carruthers' 1984 Olympic Freeskate
Growing up, I remember watching the video Magic Memories on Ice countless times. One of the highlighted programs on that video is the 1984 Olympic freeskate of Kitty and Peter Carruthers, which won the silver medal. Last night, I dug that performance up on YouTube, and watched it in its entirety. I have to say that I was very impressed, especially when I watched the gold-medal winning performance, and was underwhelmed. The Carruthers, a brother-sister team, are one of the U.S.' most successful pairs team, and the last U.S. team to win an Olympic medal since Jill Watson and Peter Oppegard won bronze in 1988. In 1984 when the Carruthers won their medal, they were the first U.S. team to win an Olympic pairs medal since 1952, when another brother-sister team, Karol and Peter Kennedy, captured silver in Oslo, Norway.
The Carruthers' skate with speed, energy, excitement, and perform the kind of choreographic highlights (such as "pulls") that bring audiences to their feet. They have a genuine performance quality, and you can't help but root for them.
Here's honoring this terrific Olympic silver medal winning performance from 1984. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!