104 years ago today, on April 15, 1912 the Titanic slipped beneath the ocean surface into the depths of the North Atlantic. I’ve written about the Titanic often here on My Fangirl Life. If you haven’t guessed by now, it’s one of my absolute favourite topics. Yesterday I put up a post discussing the probability of Jack and Rose’s happily ever after. A little while ago I shared the story of the first time I saw Titanic, and last year I wrote about why we still care about the Titanic over 100 years later.
Funnily enough, this year two of my favourite things collided. While I love the Titanic, I am also a figure skating fangirl. This also shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, as I’ve also shared the love with that obsession on this very blog. A couple of weeks ago now Kris and I were in Boston for the World Figure Skating Championships. How are these two things related you might ask? Well, this season there were two skaters who skated to music from Titanic.
It’s been a couple of years since words have been allowed in competitive figure skating programs. While there are a handful of skaters who now have programs with lyrics, there are also an insane number of programs that have voice-overs. I don’t understand the reasoning behind this trend but I totally jumped on board. Because this led to the two greatest programs this season. Ok, not actually the two greatest… but these programs are special.
Elena Radionova, 2015 World bronze medalist from Russia, skated her long program to Titanic this year. This program is complete with the classic music, Jack & Rose voice-overs and some Celine Dion to finish it off. Elena has also based her costume around Rose all season, complete with the heart of the ocean whenever she’s standing on the podium. Really, this program is quite lovely. It’s well constructed and she’s skated it well all season. Plus, you can tell how passionate she is about the program each time she performs it. Definitely check it out! This is the best figure skating Titanic program that’s ever been!
On the other hand, this season Jorik Hendrickx from Belgium also skated a Titanic program. Like Elena’s this program was complete with classic music and voice-overs. However, while Elena’s had a cohesive theme of her being Rose, I think the general consensus is Jorik is trying to be the ship? or the iceberg? It remains unknown to me. While Elena’s voice-overs are clips of the most romantic moments in the movie, Jorik’s take us on a whirlwind where the entire movie is presented to you in four and a half minutes. ‘Iceberg! Right ahead!’ LOL. The result is rather cringe-worthy. Seeing this live in Boston it was hard not to laugh. Seriously Jorik, who told you this was a good idea? I’m sure you’re curious. Please check it out!
Great things result when my two favourite things collide. I can’t wait to see what these skaters come up with next season. In the meantime, today we remember 104 years of Titanic. It’s been 104 years and the world’s fascination with this doomed ocean liner isn’t going anywhere. I, for one, know I’ll never let go.
As always, thanks for reading! How are you remembering the Titanic on this day? Please let me know in the comments.
Till next time!
– Justine Alyssa