Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Third Annual 12 Days of Christmas Skating Countdown: Day 12: Paul Wylie's "Apollo 13"

For the third year in a row, I am posting a 12-days of Christmas Skating Countdown. What the countdown does is highlight some of my favorite skating performances that bring me, and hopefully you, a great amount of enjoyment. What better time to celebrate the beautiful sport of figure skating, and some of the greatest champions, athletes, and artists of our time, than during the season of perpetual hope, giving, and joy?

For day 12 of the countdown, the legendary Paul Wylie will be featured.

Few performers can captivate an audience like Paul Wylie. During his professional career in the year's following his triumphant silver medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville,France, Paul, and his choreographer Mary Scotvold, continually produced magnificent programs. One of those programs was the one that Paul skated during the 1995-1996 season to the soundtrack from the movie "Apollo 13," starring Tom Hanks. A friend of mine went to see Stars on Ice that year and said that Paul's program was her favorite-you could have heard a pin drop in the arena. It's easy to see why.

Sit back, relax, throw another log on the fire, pour a glass of eggnog, and enjoy Paul's "Apollo 13":

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