Art on the Ice

posted by Jenny Dalzell on Friday, Jan 31, 2014
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Keenan Kampa on NBC's "Today," in a segment on figure skaters' training methods.

This morning on "Today," NBC's Olympic correspondent Mary Carillo went behind-the-scenes at the Bolshoi to get the supposed "inside scoop" on Russian figure skaters' secret weapon: ballet training. Of course, this comes as little surprise to dancers—since there are some skater-turned-ballet pros, like San Francisco Ballet's Jennifer Stahl—or American figure skaters (ahem, Carson Daly, they dance, too). But we relish anytime pointe shoes and Tchaikovsky make appearances on TV. Highlights of the segment include peeking inside a Mariinsky rehearsal with the ever-gorgeous American Keenan Kampa, plus a shot of ice skaters working at the barre—in sneakers.  Watch the segment here: