Yesterday during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, ladies from around the world competed in the women's short program figure skating. This involved strapping on shoes encumbered by sharp blades and leaping up over a solid sheet of ice. Terrifying, beautiful, courageous.
If you were hoping against hope that you'd be able to enjoy the Sochi Winter Olympics this February, despite all the Russian anti-gay fuckery, because cuddling up with your couch blanket and mug of spiked apple cider for days and days of prime-time coverage of figure skating is your idea of a little slice of glitter…
On Thursday, Kim Yu-Na will hopefully become the first South Korean to win the gold medal in figure skating. Kim is only 19, but she's already a superstar in her home country, where support for her approaches something like obsession.