Champion figure skaters make it look easy, but if you’ve ever been out on the ice, you know it’s anything but. If you can stop by some means other than crashing into something (or someone), it’s a small achievement! So imagine the years of practice, dedication, and sheer talent required to be able to perform flawless triple Axels, Salchows, Lutzes, and toe loops, to say nothing of twirling a partner in the air and catching her!
French figure skaters Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres have been working together since 2010 and there’s no question they’ve mastered the art of pairs skating. At the 2017 World Team Trophy event held in Tokyo, they dazzled both the audience and the judges with their incredible routine, easily winning the top spot in the pairs competition. They skated to a version of Simon and Garfunkel’s classic “The Sound of Silence.”
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel were kids from Queens, New York who struck up a musical friendship when they were in high school. They went their separate ways but a few years later, almost as if it was inevitable, got back together and signed with Columbia Records. The rest, as they say, is history. It was also good timing: folk music and folk rock were just starting to take off. Simon and Garfunkel’s big breakthrough came in 1965 with the immensely successful “Sound of Silence.”
While there’s no substitute for Simon and Garfunkel, James and Cipres chose a cover of “The Sound of Silence” made by the heavy metal band “Disturbed.” Figure skating to heavy metal? Is that even possible? Or advisable? But actually, Disturbed’s version of the song is anything but disturbing. It flows very nicely, just like James and Cipres’ routine.
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