Saturday, August 13, 2011

Queen of the Triple Axels

Midori Ito at the 1996 Figure Skating World Championship (Photo by J. Barry Mittan)

Here's wishing a Happy Birthday to figure skating great, Midori Ito, born on this date in 1969. I'm a big fan of skating, especially the Ladies events. Midori Ito is one of my all-time favorites in this sport. She really brought the athleticism to the competition. Her performances were transformative and served as an inspiration for the current generation of amazing Japanese skaters.

She won the World Championship in 1989, delivering on a triple axel and triple/triple jump combination. It was a record setting event. Here's a vid of her performance:

As the figure skating season draws closer, I'll probably start posting on this topic more.


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