It’s a James Bond-themed long program (video below), for Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, the U.S. national pairs champions who are competing in the Sochi Olympics this week.
Early in the program, Shnapir throws Castelli for a quadruple Salchow (a very tough move – no other pair attempts it – which the two skaters have yet to land in a U.S. national competition).
But according to Twitchy, the Twittersphere wonders something else about the pair’s upcoming appearance in the long program. Will NBC’s Bob Costas (Putin’s latest romantic conquest) be able to handle the suggestive visual created by the Shnapir shoulder holster?
We report, you decide. This author gives the holster a big artistic and philosophical thumbs up. We live in a world full of small arms. They are extremely useful for important purposes. For self-defense, they beat a saber, a bow-and-arrow, and a homemade bomb all to smash. Either you “own” firearms, or firearms own you. Simon Shnapir casually sporting a holster says “ownership,” which is just where civilization should be.
Meanwhile, 007 definitely needs to do more figure skating in those documentaries about his professional exploits.
Bonus human-interest trivia: Simon Shnapir is a naturalized U.S. citizen, who was born in Moscow and speaks Russian. (His family moved to America when he was 18 months old.) This is his first trip to Sochi.