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The result is a bounty of photographs, some shot and posed professionally, and a fire hose of social media images of the pairs palling around in a couple-y manner as extensions of the on-ice personas they hope will lead them to the podium. Some are talented athletes who like to skate together.
While some Olympic figure skating and ice dance couples are romantically involved, most are not. But in a subjective sport, often with suspect judging and with accusations of an ice dancing fix swirling, creating a passionate, united figure skating front has never been more critical.
They have skated as pirates, clowns and a prince and princess.
But perhaps their most memorable on-ice role is that of zombies; they gleefully posted images of the behind-the-scenes preparations for the routine, including a posed snapshot of Gazsi chomping into the neck of Patrick Chan of Canada, the world champion singles skater.“Everyone is doing these love numbers,” Gazsi, without nerd glasses or green zombie makeup, said after a practice session in Sochi. Normally, they’re the love guys with the love stories, and we try and make something completely different.”“I think a lot of couples are afraid to look funny or stupid,” said Zhiganshina, who has not been afraid to compare photographs of her awkward on-ice facial expressions to those of the “Star Wars” character Jar Jar Binks.
It was more just for our experiences and to take it in.
Anything that happened with them was a bonus.”Some ice skating pairs, however, have taken outside image-building to another, more quirky level.
Most of the skaters say the exercise of posing for off-ice photography is not an awkward one, but rather an extension of their performances and a chance to cultivate relationships with fans.
“We’ve grown as we’ve gotten older to understand what an ice dance team means, on and off the ice.
Visit the website of the Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the defending Olympic champions, and you will find images that seem as if they should be accompanied by a Save the Date notice and a bridal registry.
The two look longingly into each other’s eyes, frolic through a pond with fishing lines in tow and blow bubble gum together.
The Canadians were in tough at the Four Continents championship in February but captured silver in Anaheim, Calif.
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