To prepare for the men’s figure skating competition at the Olympics, I hopped over to YouTube to watch videos of some of my favorite male figure skating routines not only to watch the beautiful skating but to see the flamboyant costumes (obviously). One of my favorite skaters from those days gone (aka the 1990s) by is Rudy Galindo. Originally a pairs figure skater teamed with Kristi Yamagutchi (before she decided to become a singles skater), Rudy quickly worked his way up to the higher echelons of both skating itself and also the best/most daringly dressed of the male skating world.
The first one that comes to mind is one from an exhibition performance he did to “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas. It’s daring to be sure:
These days, Johnny Weir seems to be the skater most willing to don such bold costume choices. The highly outspoken Weir always is pushing the limits of fashion (though when it comes to his skating, he favors simplicity over too complicated of jumps) on the ice:
During the Olympic short program, Johnny didn’t let me down. His v-necked unitard accented with hot pink laces and a single tassel on his left shoulder certainly were eye-catching (and his skating wasn’t bad either).
Both are great skaters, though I’d say Rudy’s artistry is more exquisite than Johnny’s. I actually really miss watching Rudy Galindo skate; he was really quite beautiful on the ice.
So do you think Johnny is the new Rudy in skating fashion?
I’ll leave you with one last skating nugget: Rudy Galindo’s long program from the 1996 U.S. Nationals, which won him the title.