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.”
Not everyone can successfully do the skin tight pink body suit like Aliona Savchenko does.
— Schmutzie (@Schmutzie_) February 12, 2014
If I was a figure skater, I'd want Aliona Savchenko's pink outfit! The moves…yeah those would be great to have too! #Olympics2014
— Amber Spain-Mosher (@amberspain) February 12, 2014
Aliona Savchenko is the only human on earth who can pull off this costume #perfection
— Rachel Staudt (@rachellaines) February 12, 2014
— Sunny Beach Couture (@LoveOurCouture) February 12, 2014
“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.”
Just checking in to say that I love everything about the Pink Panther program and I don't care who knows it. Aliona Savchenko is my queen
— Matty C (@KwanzaaCake) February 12, 2014
Aliona Savchenko, I approve of your pink bodysuit. #sochi
— Carla Correa (@pinkgrammar) February 12, 2014
“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.
Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy are still one of my absolute favorite pairs teams. Their pink panther routine is fierce!
— Addalai Clark (@MizAdds) February 11, 2014
Haha you can’t go wrong with Pink Panther as your music choice, hats off to Germany’s Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy! #Olympics2014
— Lauren Mills (@HFX_Lauren) February 11, 2014
“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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