Jeremy Abbott of USA skating his Free Skate at Trophee Eric Bompard 2012 at the Omnisports Bercy, Paris, France
This weekend was the next in a series of international figure skating competitions, the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating. Elite skaters from all over the world are entered in the individual events either by being seeded or by invitation. The seeding of top skaters at Grand Prix events basically takes into account their placement from the previous World Championships, as well as their ISU international ranking. Skaters who are not seeded can be invited by the hosting country and each country can invite up to three of their own skaters for each discipline. This is to give a balanced field throughout the series, as well as allowing the hosting country a chance to showcase their top competitors.
Trophee Eric Bompard 2012. The French installment of the Grand Prix of Figure Skating is held at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, often abbreviated as POPB or Bercy, an indoor sports arena and concert hall on boulevard de Bercy located in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. But enough of the where, how and when...it's time for my Costume Recap. Let's begin with the MEN:
my "Skate America" blog, I discussed this hot little costume that Jeremy Abbott wears for his Short Program to "Spy" by Nathan Lanier. Here's what I said back then: I really LIKED this costume. The asymmetrical holster--very Hipster Fashionista, the slick back hair, the (almost) fingerless gloves...
And speaking of frills and Swarovski Crystals...
Ken Watanabe and Marion Cotillard in "Inception"
This is the style of costume that is becoming more and more popular with European and Japanese skaters. And I, for one, am all for it! I think it works especially well for Joubert who is known as an athletic-style skater. It helps to bring a visually artistic and more delicate side to his rather masculine approach to skating. I'm sure this isn't an accident amongst his "team" in creating his entire look for the season.
Pass the Paella: Japanese figure skater Takahito Mura skating his Short program to
"Malaguena" by Ernesto Lecuona
Takahito Mura of Japan: I've already discussed the costumes that Japanese figure skater Takahito Mura has worn during this 2012-2-13 Grand Prix Season for both his Short Program and Free Skate. You can read my reviews HERE. But since he did win the Gold at Trophee Eric Bompard 2012 this weekend, I felt that he--and his costumes--should be included.
HERE and I also liked it. And from looking at the metallic grommeted details throughout the top of the costume in the top right photo, I am now an even bigger fan!
Top Three Men: (left to right) Silver Medalist Jeremy Abbott of USA, Gold Medalist Takahito Mura of Japan and Bronze Medalist Florent Amodio of France, ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Trophee Eric Bompard 2012 at Omnisports Bercy, Paris, France
***Up Next--The Ladies Costume Recap of Trophee Eric Bompard 2012