Surya Bonaly 1998 Olympics Backflip

Share this video on

What's Hot

What's New

Top Grossing

Top of the Chart

Recommend

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.

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.

Entity of Existence : sexism racism corruption conformity

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

Jadine Otero : I'm here because of radiolab

1974poundcake : SHE WAS ROBBED OUT OF ALOT OF AWARDS--SO WAS DOMINIQUE DAWES DURING THE 90's,,

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.

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? 

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

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!

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

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

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

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.

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)?

aisha : she is so powerful and determined

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.

Jordan Mcnally : radiolab brought me here

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

pinkie24 : badass!!

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

Richard Gleaves : Her smile says it all

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

Allison Anderson : One of the most talented figure skaters to ever live. Cheated out of so many medals. That backflip move is unbelievable! Anyone who disses her is either racist/blind.

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

grytlappar : What a badass. The ultimate rebel.

Tori R : anyone here from snapchat???

KevinRPD : Don't let anyone dull your sparkle.

Brian A. Reynaldo RacingGaming : She was born to make history, on ICE!!

Ride1098 : Thank you Radiolab.

Loreto Penaloza Merschel : Radiolab

Yomamalikesbacon : Wow that was beautiful

T Ridley : Radiolab...

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

Basil Rodericks : In massive pain. GIRL!!!

Diego V : im here from reddit

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

Mike : im here cuz of redit

Damien O'Brien : Hi Reddit!

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

Don Tanner : This move blew Our minds !!!

Shoney Williams : That is so awesome

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

bishop1029 : badass

Slamm : THE MOST ILLEGAL MOVE IN THE HISTORY OF ICE SKATING BAH GAWD

pleoj : Hum, how many black skaters have got a gold medal in history ....?

PolarGenre : im here from another youtube video

Mohamed Momofunk : RACISM

hey buddy you in cape town? : SHE WENT THERE. OH MY GOD.

Floyd Allen : Bona lee is a monster period