Aliona Savchenko: Hot Pink “Pink Panther” Bodysuit Steals the ShowBy: Shana Norris - February 12, 2014
Russian duo Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov may have simultaneously won the gold and set a new world record in the figure skating pairs short program on Tuesday, but we can’t stop talking about Aliona Savchenko’s hot pink body suit.
Savchenko and her partner Robin Szolkowy, the figure skating duo from Germany, set their short program ice dance to the tune of Henry Mancini’s The Pink Panther Theme. Szolkowy was outfitted in officious shades of blue, but it was Savchenko’s neon pink catsuit that mesmerized spectators around the world.
Savchenko and Szolkowy had used the Pink Panther music and costumes a few years ago when they took first place in the prestigious Trophée Eric Bompard Grand Prix competition in Paris, France.
The decision to revisit the routine for Tuesday’s performance was a somewhat last-minute one, by Olympic standards.
”Even in practice it was easy to skate to and comfortable,” Szolkowy said. ”We know this program so well.”
“We wanted to show that it was easy,” Savchenko said. “We skated it for the fans. When you’re having fun doing your routine and the audience goes with it, it just makes you feel good and less nervous.”
“We had a good feeling, indeed the most important thing was to skate clean,” Szolkowy added.
And skate clean they did. Savchenko and Szolkowy performed the routine completely error-free on Tuesday, earning them a 79.64 and the silver medal.
The bronze went to Russia’s Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov who scored a 75.21.
“We are happy we changed our program. It was the absolute right choice. Maybe we couldn’t skate it at 110 percent, but at least at 105 percent,” said Szolkowy.
“When you’re having fun doing your routine and the audience goes with it, it just makes you feel good and less nervous,” said Savchenko.
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