Thursday, September 06, 2007

Pic of the Week

Of my all time favorite moments in figure skating...this one ranks in the top 3! At the 1996 U.S. National Championships evertone criticized Todd for sacrificing his training time by starring in "Nutcraker on Ice." His lack of training showed as he only mustered a silver medal behind Rudy Galindo's once in a lifetime performance.

But Todd stayed focused, he trained hard, and when he got to the World Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada he beat a young, surging Ilia Kulik, solid Rudy Galindo (it was his year as well!), Elvis Stojko (even with his Quad), and Alexei Urmanov (not his best effort) to win his first (and sadly, only) World title!

The best part was the medal ceremony...after getting his Gold Medal he skated over to his parents in the audience and put the medal around his mother's neck. Very, very touching.

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