||[Feb. 24th, 2006|02:41 am]
Sasha Cohen Chatter
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Reposted from sunjoy
Johnny Weir is into the finer things in life: caviar, filet Mignon, designer clothes, staying in hotel suites rather than slumming it in the Olympic Village. In this context the two final quotes on the favorites page of his website are quite striking:
"It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness."
"All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love."
What is the delusion? Thinking that that which is beautiful must be good; or thinking that only good things can be beautiful?
What is beauty? There's an incomprehensible beauty to Sasha Cohen's skating; she does what all the other women do, and yet when she attains a spiral it seems an utterly different creature to what the others have done. This beauty and grace won her first place for her short program. It was a different beauty that won her a silver medal overall, even after two falls in a shaky free skate (AKA long program). Grace may be beautiful, but it need not be good; Lucifer (and his incarnation as Sauron and Melkor in Middle Earth) was the most graceful of all the angels.
Other things that grace can be beautiful. In Sasha's case it is tenacity: despite chronic inconsistency and a fever she achieved greatness at Nationals (her performance there would surely have won gold at Turino; despite two early falls in her free skate that should have put her out of medal contention altogether, she skated the rest of her program with every breath full of the perfection she'd have shown if she were still skating for gold. Yes, she continued to smile and skate well like all athletes of her caliber do after a setback, but it was more than that which won her the silver; her soul did not give up. This added beauty to her that wouldn't have been there if she'd skated perfectly. Beauty in that skating rink today was not in being good or even great. It was in winning by failing.
Selected quotes from sasha's website that reinforce why I'm so gaga about this woman:
- What is your greatest fear?
- Loss of purpose, sense of self.
- What is the trait you most dislike in yourself?
- What do you consider among the greatest virtues?
- Genuine kindness and personality.
- What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
- What is your most marked characteristic?
- Who are your heroes in real life?
- Everyone who has triumphed over themselves.
- What is your motto?
- Reach for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll land in the stars.
The last is such a cliche. And yet it is precicely what she did today.