Thursday, September 22, 2011

History Lesson: The Bezics



I saw a vignette on Sandra on Battle of the Blades and needed to dig up some old clips.  The Bezics were fan favorites in the '70s and early '80s, but their career was cut short after Val was injured by a TV crane during a practice session.  Note their wonderful stroking and edge quality.  It didn't matter that she was skating with her brother, Sandra still brought her signature sensuality, sex appeal and regality to every performance.  Note how she holds herself on and off the ice.  The Bezics had the opportunity to perform with John Curry.  Having John Curry approve of your skating was next to impossible, which means they 'made it.'  It is unusual for a pairs skater to go on to be a choreographer, but it isn't a surprise after watching Sandra skate.  Their skating had quality and magic that just wouldn't be rewarded by IJS.  Tall skaters need to unite and learn how to carry ourselves in the same regal and diva manner as Sandra Bezic the Ice Goddess.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for this, AJ. Great memories. I grew up skating with Sandra, and it was amazing watching her mature from a little kid to what you see in these videos. She was also a very good singles skater, and has always been friendly and approachable.

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  2. Don't forget Toller Cranston's Strawberry Ice! Sandra Loosemore's page has the full video, not the greatest quality but Sandra and Val are in it.

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  3. As far as I know, this is the first time I've seen the Bezics skate, so judging ONLY by these 2 clips, my reactions are

    1. They would have been far better off as ice dancers than as pair skaters

    2. Sibling teams are as a rule still creepy with a few exceptions (the Shibutinis, maybe the Caruthers)

    3. Man, she had a killer body.

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