One of the unique things about professional ice-skating is that it’s both relaxing and exhilarating. This combination along with magnificently talented skaters makes this particular sport so fun to watch. Although you can find hundreds of fantastic videos, last year, one stood out.
In case you don’t recognize the name, Sophia is a highly-gifted ice skater. A lot of people recognize her for playing the character Jasmine while touring with Disney on Ice. But she does other performances as well.
A 2019 event
For this event, Sophia skated in Central Park to the Coldplay cover “O Fly On. Being outdoors made the routine even more special. But it was the emotions she poured into every twist, turn, and spin that captured the internet’s heart. Although this routine didn’t feature complex moves, for Sophia to achieve perfection, they weren’t necessary.
A meaningful purpose
This routine was part of the “On Ice Perspectives,” which is a unique initiative that consists of the filming of ice skaters on and off the ice. The cameraman, Jordan Cowan, uses this as an opportunity to show skaters in a different light. Sophia was beyond thrilled to participate in such an amazing program.
The video went viral
It didn’t take long for the video of Sophia’s routine to go viral. Once it was uploaded to social media, it quickly garnered 350,000 views along with tons of positive comments. In the beginning, you see Sophia casually dressed in purple pants and a black top with her blonde hair pulled back in a ponytail.
The music beings
At the start of the song, Sophia showcases her grace and charm. To the lyrical quality of the music, Sophia executed flawless moves that were in perfect harmony. Initially, she primarily uses her arms to express herself but that soon changes.
As she skates around the rink, Sophia is flawless. It seems as though she’s floating on air. Or as the song suggests, flying like a bird. Her every move is fluid and incredibly beautiful.
At one point, Sophia goes into a long spin that’s nothing but pure magic. That’s when you notice other skaters on the ice. While there’s no explanation, we’re assuming these are everyday people who were also enjoying the rink in Central Park. But of course, all the attention is on Sophia.
“A flock of birds hovering above, just a flock of birds. That’s how you think of love. And I always look up to the sky, pray before the dawn, ‘cause they fly always. Sometimes, they arrive, sometimes, they are gone. They fly on.”
In tune with the song
As Sophia continues giving her performance, there’s no question that she feels both the music and the lyrics. As you listen to the words, you can see her mimic them in her actions. From start to finish, she nailed the routine.
Something to remember
Whether you’re an ice-skating enthusiast or not, you can’t help but appreciate the artistry of this routine. Sophia brings this Coldplay song alive in a way that’s unimaginable. This performance leaves a lasting impression.
You can watch the entire number by clicking on the video below. Why not start 2021 off the right way? Anyone who watches this video feels amazing at the end.
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