The experience of watching the figure skating at the 2022 Beijing Olympics involved constant wild tonal swings, from the still-open questions of the team event, to the thrill of Nathan Chen’s win, to the soothing predictability of ice dancing, to the MASSIVE SHITSHOW of the women’s event — and, finally, the pairs. Which was high satisfying and extremely pleasant to watch. So at least we ended this thing right!
I feel like the pairs skaters must have wanted to just skate out and say “ANNNNNNNYWAY” as a way to transition away from the complete fiasco we saw at the women’s competition on Thursday. Which they basically accomplished by dint of being generally so good, and just a pleasure to watch. In the end, the Chinese pair of Sui and Han — who famously lost in 2018 by a mere hair — won their gold, at home, by six-tenths of a point. I’m so happy for them! I’m also happy that the US skaters performed so well. In last year’s World’s coverage, I called American pairs skating “a flaming, trash-filled van with an inoperable emergency brake currently careening down a hill toward a ravine,” and I feel comfortable saying we have at the very least fixed that brake. (We finished 6th and 8th — that’s the best American pairs have done at the Olympics since 1998!)
And this concludes GFY’s coverage of the figure skating from the 2022 Beijing Olympics! If you missed any of our coverage, you can catch up here — and I’ll see you back on the rink next months for Worlds, which will only top the Olympics in terms of scandal if someone is arrested for murder, or defects from Mother Russia, and I am only trying to manifest one of those.