It’s time to jump on the bandwagon.
I've mentioned it a couple of times recently, and I’m probably going to be accused of being excessively redundant, but ever since I started toying with the idea of another figure skater as a DWTS partner for Tristan, I can’t get one possibility out of my crazy head. I’m a figure skating fan from way back, and after recalling seeing Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton, Kurt Browning, etc. in Stars on Ice many years ago, I decided that any skater is the perfect match for Dancing With the Stars. Kristi Yamaguchi and Evan Lysacek? The best celebrities ever on DWTS, in my opinion. So I started thinking about all of the possible candidates in my quest for the perfect DWTS partner for Tristan (like I think ABC is going to listen to me anyway), and then I remembered my favorite pairs team of all time – Sergei Grinkov and Ekaterina Gordeeva. Sadly, Sergei left us many years ago, but Katia is still working her magic on the ice, and she is still poetry in motion. If anything, she is even more magnificent than ever. So I’m not giving up until you guys tell me to quit harping on the idea, and I probably won’t stop harping then anyway. She is the perfect, and I do mean perfect, partner for Tristan. Why? Glad you asked. Let me explain the many reasons.
By pairing these two extraordinarily talented individuals on DWTS, we now have an excuse to use excessive alliteration. For example – A Tristan/Katia partnership would be electric, energizing, eloquent, ethereal, expressive, erotic (yes, I went there), and emotionally exhausting. That whole emotionally exhausting thing is a positive, by the way. If one’s senses are so stimulated that the emotions take over, then the dance will soar to levels of brilliance that we never expect to see on the show, and in an effort to improve sagging ratings, wouldn't that be a huge bonus?
Tristan is the best storyteller on DWTS. That would be even more evident in a Tristan/Katia pairing because every performance by Katia on the ice is a story. Whether it’s a story of love, passion, devotion, or grief, it's always a dramatic journey with a beginning, a middle, and an end. We can only imagine the powerful stories these two could create on the dance floor.
After receiving her second Olympic pairs gold medal in 1994, Sports Illustrated called Katia “the most enchanting champion in skating.” She would also easily be the most enchanting champion in DWTS history. Mark it down. Besides, she would have the most enchanting pro as her partner, and we would settle for nothing less than Tristan being that pro. Nobody else would do.
The lines. The beautiful lines. Tristan’s are exquisite, but have you ever watched her skate? Mercy. She’s a dancer on the ice without being an ice dancer. She’s sensuous without taking it too far. The bottom line? She’s a natural. Our own Mrs_ATA said this about Katia, “She has a grace and fluidity of movement that DWTS hasn’t seen since Kristie Yamaguchi. It’s something in the arms.” Remember how gorgeous Dorothy’s arms were in the Contemporary? Now take it up a notch.
She’s beautiful. Want proof? Just look at a photo of her….or trust People Magazine’s judgment. Several years ago they named her one of the 50 most beautiful women in the world. She’s been a featured athlete in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. And Tristan? Well, we all know how pretty - er, handsome - he is.
Katia is a winner, and that’s an understatement. Her awards and accolades are too numerous to mention, but suffice to say, she has the desire to win and the determination to win. So does Tristan, and he would be the perfect complement to that desire and determination with his laid-back approach.
She’s not new to reality television. She won Battle of the Blades with Valeri Bure. She won Ice Age 2, a Russian reality show that has been referred to as “a figure skating version of Dancing with the Stars.” She is also a crackerjack choreographer. Combine that with Tristan's talents? Hello, mirrorball, and Hello, MacManiacs. We're baaaack!
2 words. Explosive. Chemistry. There wouldn’t be a fire extinguisher out there that could put out the fire that these two could create on the dance floor. Just imagine a sultry Rumba to “Wicked Game” or an “I Need To Know” Cha Cha. Then there’s the Argentine Tango, Paso Doble, etc. It won't matter which dance it is because the fire will be there regardless.
The biggest reason? They would be the best team ever on DWTS. Those early exits would be soon forgotten, and we would be turning out in record numbers to support the team that would need no nickname. Tristan and Katia will do nicely, thank you.
So please forgive my excessive use of adjectives and alliteration, but the idea of this partnership has already made several of us go a bit light-headed with giddiness. Tristan and Katia would be seductive, sensual, spicy, and sexy in the Argentine Tango, and they would be passionate, playful, and perfection in the Cha Cha and Salsa, and more importantly, they would be tender, tantalizing, and titillating in the Rumba….should I go on? I don’t need to. You get the idea. This is the pairing we want to see, and now that we’ve imagined the possibilities, it’s kind of hard to think of any other option.
So jump on the bandwagon. This is an easy decision.