Surya Bonaly 1998 Olympics Backflip

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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.

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? 


Jadine Otero : I'm here because of radiolab

Entity of Existence : sexism racism corruption conformity

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

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

B.Marie.A : 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

grytlappar : What a badass. The ultimate rebel.

KevinRPD : Don't let anyone dull your sparkle.

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)?

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

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

pinkie24 : badass!!

aisha : she is so powerful and determined

Richard Gleaves : Her smile says it all

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

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.

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

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

Tristano : “That’s an in-your-face move” Ultimate understatement

Yomamalikesbacon : Wow that was beautiful

Adam Pitrocha : I am here just because of Netflix: Losers

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.

Floyd Allen : Bona lee is a monster period


Tori R : anyone here from snapchat???

Amanda Börjesson : how the heck did she learn that..?

Daniel Nieminen : WOUU

Mario Rossi : That was much kinda like OWNED But judges think at the rules... She knew she wouldn't win a medal, but she chose a better line in the Olympics' story book.

Muthuramalingam P.S : really amazing

NovaNalani : HATER! Mad because yo ass can't do it lol

Eric Henry : i still remember this moment so many years later, a champion in my book. eff the judges!

Cedric L : Haha i love how she finished with judges in her back. My favorite skater ever

MultiCased : perfectly ended away from judges

dbright : if she doesn't deserve a medal, then they should change how they give out medals.

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.

ebedgert : also, I give her credit for dealing with whatever racism she might have faced. Things in skating aren't much better today, but in the '90s they were even worse than now.

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.

Jasper Been : Viva Surya! Arguably the greatest skater to never medal at an Olympics

blah Newman : WOW!

Asiria EU : really good

Basil Rodericks : In massive pain. GIRL!!!

Don Tanner : This move blew Our minds !!!

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

PolarGenre : im here from another youtube video

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

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