WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK IS THIS
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they outlawed this move just because she was the only woman who could do it.
Surya Bonaly was infamous for (among other things) doing aone blade backflip in the 1998 Olympics, and is the ONLY figure skater who’s ever pulled that off. Not just the only woman, the only figure skater PERIOD. There’s like all ofthree Olympic-class male skaters who did backflips in their routines, and NONE of them could do it one blade.
But wait, there’s more.
Backflips were banned from the 1976 Olympics onward on the official justification that skating jumps are supposed to be landed on one blade, whereas backflips are landed on both blades. The unofficial justification was it was too dangerous, both to the athlete and to the rink — if you didn’t land it perfectly, you could not only break your ankle, but also punch THROUGH the ice surface.
Surya Bonaly was openly contemptuous of the figure skating judges, because they were a bunch of openly racist white men who always screwed her over by giving her lower scores than she deserved. That one-blade backflip was her ultimate FUCK YOU! to the Olympics judges, because she took an “illegal” backflip and made it legal by landing it on one blade. Pretty much DARING them to mark her down for being epic awesome and pulling a move that their precious coddled white girls didn’t have the guts to even think about.
They did, of course. White racism knows no bounds. But she utterly owned them with that move.
not only did she do a fucking backflip and land, she landed then went right into a triple loop. like holy fuck
holy shit fuck yes ice skating is so fake if you don’t act a certain way bunch of mother fcking racist judgemental assholes going to mark you down this sport is so fucking political i can’t
The backflip wasnt outlawed because she was the only one who could land it, it was outlawed because it was deemed too dangerous for a sport that had no padding. In fact in the official legislation it stated that any move with “feet over head rotation” was illegal. The move was outlawed long before her career even began. Yes she did the move to make a statement because she was underscored at the Olympics but she wasnt always underscored. She was a very boring skater to watch when she wasnt jumping or spinning. This caused her presentation scores to be low. Proving that she wasnt underscored are her various achievements: a 3 time world silver medalist, a 9 time french champion and a 5 time European Champion.
Also you described the judges as “openly racist middle white men”. At the 1998 Nagano Olympics where she performed the backflip, 7 out of the 10 judges were women.
Figure skating is NOT a sport full of fakes and the way it is portrayed in the movies is completely wrong. I have friends who figure skate and are African-American and they often win or place in their respected level. Yes i will agree that the judging can be harsh sometimes but thats how they judge everyone who does the sport. Stop trying to make this sport seem like all it is is racism and politics when events like that almost never happen.
Also if you were in any position to be judging figure skating in such harsh manner you would know that the jump she completed after the backflip was not, in fact, a triple loop but a triple salchow.
Im not going to sit by and watch a post circulate degrading something i love and that has been a big part of me for the last 10 years.