It is the Olympic men's figure skating. Out comes the
Russian competitor, he skates around to some classical music
in a slightly dull costume, performs some excellent leaps
but without any great artistic feel for the music.
The Judges' scores read: Britain 5.8: Russia 5.9:
United States 5.5: Ireland 6.0
Next comes the American competitor in a sparkling stars and
stripes costume, skating to some rock and roll music. He
gets the crowd clapping, but is not technically as good as
the Russian. He slightly misses landing a triple Salchow and
loses the center during a spin. But, artistically, it is a
more satisfying performance.
The Judges' scores read: Britain 5.8: Russia 5.5:
United States 5.9: Ireland 6.0
Finally out comes the Irish competitor wearing a tatty old
donkey jacket, with his skates tied over his wellies. He
reaches the ice, trips straight away and bangs his nose
which starts bleeding. He tries to get up, staggers a few
paces then slips again. He spends his entire 'routine'
getting up then falling over again. Finally he crawls off
the ice a tattered and bleeding mess.
The Judges' scores read: Britain 0.0: Russia 0.0:
United States 0.0: Ireland 6.0
The other 3 judges turn to the Irish judge and demand in
unison, "How the hell can you give that mess 6.0?!"
To which the Irish judge replies "You've gotta remember,
it's damn slippery out there."
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