This Winter Olympics has had some issues—the construction failures, the unfortunate dog snuffing, a reignition of an almost entirely dead Cold War via hockey, or the accusations of the host country cheating in various sports (shame on you, Putin). But the Games, if nothing else, have once again brought the gloriously bizarre sport of ice skating (and dancing) back to primetime TV. The soon to-be-crowned official "Disney Cartoons Reincarnated As Real People" partners, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, won gold earlier this week (along with the award for most covetable men's hair), and hopefully Gracie Gold will be getting gilded today in the Ladies Free Skate. Along with the American figure skating successes in Sochi, this week marks the anniversary of Olympic achievements past: 12 years since a 16-year-old Sarah Hughes won gold in Salt Lake City, 16 years since Tara Lipinski won in Nagano, and 22 since Kristi Yamaguchi took the top prize in Albertville (who knew that was a place?).
The Olympic torch will be extinguished (this time on purpose, as opposed to the previous 44 times and counting since the opening ceremonies) on Sunday, so let's reflect on all the glorious beauty and fashion moments figure skating has brought our way: aggressive usage of pastel blue, pink, and purple eyeshadow; crushed velvet; sparkles and/or glitter worn whenever possible (this is really something us civilians should consider adopting); the always unflattering opaque nude tights; a healthy helping of hairspray, and Johnny Weir [16, 26] in all his glory. God bless you, Johnny Weir.