Don’t Cry. Its Just Figure Skating.

I mean come on, who would cry when they saw figure skating?

Who? Well, the person writing this blog entry. As I’ve probably mentioned on this blog before, I am out of control obsessed with the Olympics, summer more so than winter, but winter equally. I mean summer features gymnastics, a sport that never stops thrilling me and swimming that features a man-fish named Michael Phelps.

Not that the Winter Olympics lacks for drama. There is skiing and of course figure skating. Figure skating during the time of the Cold War was the stage where the socialist system was to be proven to be the correct system. And they had some spectacular skaters, male and female. I’ve been watching figure skating since Scott Hamilton won the gold medal in Sarajevo. I watched the dueling Brians in Calgary. And Tonya and Nancy. I remember where I was when I saw the news about that. I was in 11th grade, home sick with the flu.

OK, enough about the my particular obsessions. Last night I went to Stars on Ice at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. Given my long standing obsession with figure skating, it would be a natural thing for me to watch of course. But the show was absolutely out of this world.

It started with the skaters doing an entire number to Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, which is in my opinion one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written. Watching it and the following numbers, I slowly noticed that I had a tear in my eye. I looked over at my friends. Almost everyone else was crying. I thought I would go there to see the grace and style of the skaters, but I never thought their performances would carry so much emotion with them.

It was wonderful to watch skaters I have seen on television for years, including the AMAZING Evan Lysacek but the absolute stars of the night were Meryl Davis and Charlie White. I remembered them from the Olympics and how sweet they seemed with their moms watching their performances. There were tons of teenage girls in the audience, in love with both of them. By the end, whenever Charlie came on, the women I was with yelled out “marry me Charlie” whenever finished skating. I would never do something so juvenile. No, I’m totally kidding. I did it too.

I walked out of there thinking “I want to go to one of these shows everyday for the rest of my life.”

Let’s see some pictures from last night. Of course there are a ton, but who can really resist Charlie White? Nobody. I dare you to. Even if you can resist him, check out the photos anyway:

providence dunkin donuts center march 14 stars on ice ben agosto

providence dunkin donuts center march 14 stars on ice charlie white meryl davis group skate

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 british pair 2

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 british pair

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 charlie white meryl davis 4

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 charlie white meryl davis 6

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 charlie white meryl davis 7

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 charlie white meryl davis 8

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 charlie white meryl davis 9

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 charlie white meryl davis chairs

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 charlie white meryl davis lift 2

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 charlie white meryl davis lift

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 charlie white

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 ekaterina gordeeva 3

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 ekaterina gordeeva black white

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 ekaterina gordeeva

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 evan lysacek 2

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 evan lysacek 3

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 evan lysacek 4

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 evan lysacek 5

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 evan lysacek

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 group 2

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providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 joannie rochette 4

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providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 joannie rochette jumping

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 joannie rochette

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 kimmie meissner

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providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 kimmie meissner 5

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 kimmie meissner

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 meryl davis charlie davis upside down

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 meryl davis charlie white 9

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 meryl davis

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 pair 4

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providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 pair 9

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providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 patrick chan 2

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 patrick chan 3

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 patrick chan 4

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 patrick chan joannie rochette

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 patrick chan

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 skater trio

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 tanith belbin benjamin agosto

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 tanith belbin benjamin agosto 2

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 tanith belbin benjamin agosto 3

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 tanith belbin benjamin agosto 4

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 tanith belbin

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 trio 2

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providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 trios 5

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 charlie white meryl davis 2

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 charlie white meryl davis 3

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 charlie white meryl davis

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 group

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 meryl davis charlie white 3

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 pair 3

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 pairs skaters

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 synchronized number 2

providence dunkin donuts center stars on ice march 14 synchronized skate number

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