Do fancy costumes help Skaters win Olympic Glory? | Burning Questions

Do fancy costumes help Skaters win Olympic Glory? | Burning Questions


Where else would you be able
to see a giant swan and a besequined harlequin
battle it out for top honours on a 30 metre by 60 metre
sheet of ice? No, not the world’s weirdest
themed fancy dress party, but the Winter Olympic Games. (BURNING QUESTIONS) (DO FANCY COSTUMES HELP SKATERS
WIN OLYMPIC GLORY?) (WINTER GAMES EDITION) In a previous episode
of Burning Questions we looked at how figure skaters stop
themselves from getting dizzy. It turns out, ear hairs. But if their incredible twists
and turns don’t make your head spin, their costumes certainly will. Figure skating combines
elements of performance and prowess, with marks awarded
for skills, choreography and
interpretation. She has earned 150.06 points
in the free program, which is a new season’s best. So, can choosing a costume
out of the top drawer really help the skaters
get the top marks? Let’s look at the evidence. Brian Boitano’s
Sgt Pepper-esque getup certainly did the trick
with the American taking gold in Calgary in 1888. Oksana Baiul with pretty
in pink for a gold medal winning performance in 1994. A bedazzled bubble gum
pink number, to be precise. While this fashion-forward
sleeveless pantsuit helped power Sarah Hughes to
glory in Salt Lake City, 2002. I mean, I’m not sure
I could pull that off. Perhaps the most flamboyant
of all is American skater Johnny Weir. He once compared one of
his costumes to a Care Bear on acid. But he is best known for
his interpretation of a swan for his routine to
Camille Saint-Saëns’ score of the same name. Weir took to the ice in
a costume that featured feathers across the chest, crisscrossed strapping
over one arm and a single red glove meant
to signify the bird’s beak. So, can how you dress really
help you blade to glory? It certainly does seem
like feeling confident and being able to express
yourself on the ice can make help a good impression
on the judges. So, to whom do figures
skaters turn when they want to
stand out from the crowd? This? Just 20 quid from
a market in Grimsby. Guys, I’m not skating. I’m just acting. Fashion designers such
as Vera Wang, herself a former figure skater, and Christian Lacroix
have both brought their unique creative visions
to the ice. But, despite what you might
think judging by some of the weird
and wonderful costumes on display, what skaters
wear is actually governed by a strict set of rules. Because if there’s one
thing we all love more than fancy dress,
it’s fancy dress with rules. Yes, please. Costumes must be modest,
dignified and appropriate for athletic competition and not
garish or theatrical in design. What’s that mean? But the rules don’t say
anything about crystals. Sometimes there are up
to 100,000 of them, all of which have to
be sewn on by hand. This can take anything up
to 40 hours to apply. 40 hours? That’s like four working
weeks for me. So, how much do these sparkly
pieces of spandex actually cost? Elite level costumes can cost
anything between $500-$5,000, although the average
is around 3,000. Elite level skaters usually
have two costumes per season. One for their long program and one for their short
program. They might also have
a third costume just in case someone turns up
in the same outfit. I hate it when that happens. That means they can spend
up to $10,000 a year just on costuming. That’s more than Lady Gaga’s
costume budget. Speaking of Lady Gaga, how
big a role does choosing the right music play
in bringing you to the edge of glory?
Oh, it’s good stuff. Figure skaters will often
choose music with different moods or tempos so they
can skate to the melody and phrasing of the music. Certain pieces have become
figure skating staples. Swan Lake has been popular since bronze medallist Janet
Lynn used the piece in 1972. Ravel’s Bolero is
forever associated with ice dancing pair Jayne
Torvill and Christopher Dean who skated to gold
in Sarajevo in 1984. And, of course, who could
forget the battle of the Carmens in 1988? East German Katarina Witt and American Debi Thomas
both chose to skate to the music for
their long programs, with Witt doing the biz-ness
to take the gold. Carmen is written by Bizet. That’s why I did that joke.
No need to Google it. And the good news for Gaga
fans is that since 2014, skaters have been allowed
to choose music with words for their performances, so expect some pop-inspired
performances in PyeongChang. I bet you my house Gangnam
Style is used at least once. But I don’t have a house. So, there you have it. Figure skating is a huge
investment of time, energy and money,
but it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that bling. We’re not done, yet. We’ve got more Olympic stories for you! Subscribe to our YouTube channel – it is right there. Don’t be shy! Click on the button!

63 thoughts on “Do fancy costumes help Skaters win Olympic Glory? | Burning Questions

  1. Isn't it just confirmation bias?! You're just picking winner You have no sample size or basis for comparison since athletes don't get points for attire. You're just speculating

  2. Does anyone know where i can find yuzuru hanyu performance when he won last week? i keep searching in this channel but cant find it

  3. … The question wasn't even answered. There was no actual evidence the costumes do anything. I've been asking myself the same question since most other sports have a less artistic attire than figure skating. But I am still wondering. The facts you stated are a nice-to-know, but not really debating the question

  4. Does the club pays for costumes or athletes pays for it ? D: Wherever I look, u need to be rich XD Equal and Fair world made by rich. : ))

  5. There are so many factual errors in this I don’t even know where to begin 😒 1- rhinestones are not all sewn on. I’d say at least 80% of them are glued on. If you were sewing on 10,000 rhinestones it would take MUCH longer than 40 hours 2- Sarah Hughes didn’t wear the cat suit for the Olympics at ALL. It was her exhibition costume for a completely different program. Unitards for competition were banned until 2004 due to the “Katarina rule” so for her to skate at the Olympics 2 years before that rule was lifted would have eliminated her chances at gold. 3-it’s pretty much standard now to have beautiful costumes, so saying the person that won’s costume was what helped them win gold is completely detracting from the hard work they put in for their whole life.

    Was really hoping this “official” channel would actually help promote this sport instead of seemingly “affirming” that’s it’s all about pretty dresses 😡

  6. So sorry but I can´t help myself I JUST CAN NOT UNDERSTAND THIS GUY!!! He is just mumbling in his teeth and beard all the time omg open your mouth please 😀 and how fast can someone talk? Oh my…

  7. Wow! I 've never ever seen such a cool video in a long while! I mean, look at those bloody jokes! 😅The dude is soo smart! 👍

  8. "That's why I made that joke. You don't need to Google it" I love this mate. Thank you , Olympic channel

  9. Fancy costumes shouldn't help skaters win, and skaters shouldn't wear fancy costumes in an attempt to influence judges. Outfits ought to fit the music, and not distract from the performance. If the music calls for fancy, go ahead and wear fancy. If it calls for simplicity, go for that. For best effect, the outfits also should stay ON.

  10. I guess they get the fanciest dresses, they act like they have it all figured out on how to win the gold medal.

  11. It's a theatrical sport, or is that not obvious enough? It's not always about the technical difficulty, artistry has always been part of the final score. Your costume is an extension of that. I don't think anyone really believes that a costume is going to make or break a gold medal score, but think of the psychological impact it must have putting on the costume and make up, like putting on a mask or armor, it mentally prepares you for the competition.

  12. Ummm Johnny Weir was criticized for the swan outfit specifically by judges, as it was considered inappropriate/too flashy for a man.

  13. Interesante pregunta, aunque la respuesta no me ha quedado muy clara…supongo que es para cada quien lo suyo… veo el contraste de Nathan Chen quien ultimamente sus trajes son tan limples y sobrios y me encanta esa sencillez de él al mismo tiempo que me hace enfocarme más en su actuación que en un traje de luces y plumas. (sin menospreciar a quienes lo hacen)

  14. Let me just clarify that the crystals are never sewn on. They are almost always if not 100% if the time glued on.

  15. Also in figure skating, costumes to have an impact. Maybe not on judging but they definitely do in the community.

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