Surya Bonaly 1998 Olympics Backflip

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Jadine Otero : I'm here because of radiolab

Kat g : Surya trained in gymnastics as well...she has amazing athletic ability and Surya is still the only to do the back-flip and land on ONE count them ONE skate.  No one else has done this...not even the men.  Unfortunately the world of skating has their ideals on who they think should be on the ice.  I have always thought Surya to be a force to be reckoned with on the ice.

Charlee Jay : I remember this like yesterday also.  The judges deducted points, not only because it was a 'surprise'.  They also cited, "That was a man's move."  AS IF it was Surya's fault that NO females and only 2 male skaters had ever succesfully performed a backward somersault on ice? 

buick sea : fuck that's incredible

Entity of Existence : sexism racism corruption conformity


Tori R : anyone here from snapchat???

Alex Sanchez : RadioLab. Amazing story... great determination against establishment.

ScarletFBL : She is so badass. Doing an illegal move, ending her performance with her back to the judges. I want to be excited about sports like this again.

Vousie V : Yeah... Surya was the only one to ever land a backflip on one foot. Which is insanely impressive. The judges said backflips aren't allowed because it lands on two feet, so she landed it on one. But it still doesn't change the fact that other than that, she's a pretty poor figure skater. She's a bit of a one-trick pony.

MissRosinacat : Legal or otherwise isn't really the point. When you watch her spin, you can see that basically she was not that good. Far too much travel on the spin. But as shock tactics go, a back flip will do it!

Jordan Mcnally : radiolab brought me here

sonic brown : I don't watch this sport anymore. The judging is very sketchy at best. I wish it would decline in popularity and go away.

T Ridley : Radiolab...

DARREN MONTY : If only she had the grace with her jumps, she would have been hard to beat.

Jay Lin : For those of y'all who hated, it only made her more creative.

Ride1098 : Thank you Radiolab.

Rachael : I feel like this historic backflip was a big, classy way to say "Fuck you" to the establishment and I love it 💅🏿

ebedgert : She never deserved to medal - her fundamental skating skills were too weak. However, you can't say she wasn't a showstopper. I cheered when she did this illegal move. She was on her way out and knew it, and she gave the crowd what she wanted - the thing only SHE could do.

aisha : she is so powerful and determined

Loreto Penaloza Merschel : Radiolab

Czos Sosnkowy : She's the only athlete I remember from when I was 5. Now I remembered why <3

pinkie24 : badass!!

MrBruinman86 : So why did the judges deduct points for this move?

Richard Gleaves : Her smile says it all

Diego V : im here from reddit

Basil Rodericks : In massive pain. GIRL!!!

Mike : im here cuz of redit

Chris Clark : such horrible quality, someone please upload a better video of the backflip......please?

KevinRPD : Don't let anyone dull your sparkle.

pleoj : She had a huge problem to get gold medals at that time : she was black !

Britney Abrahams : it always amuses me when I remember that the ice skating community banned this phenomenal move because a black person literally raised the bar and white people where to bitter to do better so they banned a move that would bring progress to the sport but then she raised the bar AGAIN she needs a movie

Damien O'Brien : Hi Reddit!

Yomamalikesbacon : Wow that was beautiful

GeorgiaIsOnMyMind : One of the great moments of not just the olympics or winter olympics but of humanity.

aurora mokris : RADIOLAB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

grytlappar : What a badass. The ultimate rebel.

dbright : this is 2012, and I can still remember seeing this 14 years ago. one of the most amazing things i've ever seen. if anyone asks me to name moments from the olympics, this is one of the top moments.

The Angry Engineer : *no fucks given whatsoever* She gets a gold in my book. 🥇

alexleanh : Judges in figure skating are overwhelmingly white old men and sometimes old women who are mostly conservativists, traditionalists, strict rule-enforcers, and definitely bias (consciously or sub-consciously). The sport is an art form that is hard to judge in the first place. Arts just like beauty... it's all in the eye of the beholder. Who's to say a Picasso is better than a Rembrandt (or vice versa)?

Don Tanner : This move blew Our minds !!!

Robert : why is that not allowed . is it because the others cant do it . she did it clean

Audio Visual Proof : Why is it when someone who is Black, competing in a sport, pulls off something so amazing and so profound with a difficulty level that most other athletes cannot accomplish, it gets banned from competition? It's because Black athletes strive to set the bar higher and higher while other athletes of other races, who know they cannot compete, establish rules in order to stay in their comfort zone to make themselves feel better about their inadequacies in any sport.

bishop1029 : badass

Shoney Williams : That is so awesome

Ken Wehrheim : Is there a video of this that wasn't filmed using a carrot?

Mohamed Momofunk : RACISM

ScrappyDoo Gal : I'm here because I like ice skating.

Flavio Fernandes : me too!!!

HugaGage : wow