The first time I really enjoyed Ice speed skating was last year, as we were touring the Southern States of America. The Olympic Winter games in Vancouver were just happening, and sometimes in the hotels, when it was too cold to go out (we are used to warmth all around the year living in our Andalusian desert…. the temperatures over there were quite a shock!) we switched the TV on and followed the games. We were especially captivated by the Ice speed skating disciplines, probably because of the whole theatre surrounding the USA’s charismatic figure answering to the fabulous name of Apolo Ohno. Apolo by the way, is the guy leading the pack on the painting above, and also on the painting below… well, I didn’t really try to reach an exact similarity in the facial features,, as these are not meant to be portrait paintings, but really speed skating paintings.
Sorry for the exclusivity, but he is, through his face and whole body attitude a wonderful painting motif! And speed skating itself is a perfect sports motif for my new technique, combining much movement and bright colours.
For those who want to know more about Apolo, here is the beginning of the Wikipedia entry:
“… Apolo Anton Ohno (pronounced /əˈpɒloʊ ˈæntɒn ˈoʊnoʊ/; born May 22, 1982) is an American short track speed skating competitor and an eight-time medalist (two gold, two silver, four bronze) in the Winter Olympics. He is the most decorated American Winter Olympic athlete of all time.
Raised by his father, Ohno began training full-time in 1996. He has been the face of short track in the United States since winning his medals at the 2002 Winter Olympics. At the age of 14, he became the youngest U.S. national champion in 1997 and was the reigning champion from 2001–2009, winning the title a total of 12 times. In December 1999, he became the youngest skater to win a World Cup event title, and became the first American to win a World Cup overall title in 2001, which he won again in 2003 and 2005. He won his first overall World Championship title at the 2008 championships… “
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