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12 Ice Dance Costumes From The Beijing Olympics That Are Just So Delightfully Extra

Sports and sparkles do mix.

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If you like your Olympic sports with a lot of shine, your moment is here. Figure skating is in full swing at the 2022 Beijing Games, and in the rhythm dance on Feb. 12, the skaters had to perform programs incorporating street dance rhythms. Their many sparkly outfits grabbed attention — in good ways and in bad.

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Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates skated to a Billie Eilish medley, and their color scheme was on point. Chock’s costume for the second part of the two-day competition is the real standout (it took 120 hours to make!), but her green-and-black look was both glamorous and a little edgy.

Taking fans to another decade, Canada’s Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen used music by George Michael. Fournier Beaudry stood out in hot pink, but Sorensen wasn’t without flair. He embraced the deep V and also had embellishments on his jacket and pants.

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Tina Garabedian and Simon Proulx Senecal of Armenia turned to Aretha Franklin songs. His attire was relatively subdued, but she had on a gorgeous, sparkly skirt and crop top that were actually very wearable off-ice.

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Germany’s Katharina Mueller and Tim Dieck went a completely different route. The two drew inspiration from Harley Quinn and the Joker.

French ice dancers Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron learned waacking for their rhythm dance to John Legend’s “Made to Love” and “U Move, I Move.” Both had a lot of skin on display, but there was still plenty of fabric — perhaps to avoid a wardrobe malfunction like the one they so unluckily suffered during the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, where they won a silver medal.

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Skating on home ice, China’s Shiyue Wang and Xinyu Liu opted for music by Elvis. Many male ice dancers leave the ornate costumes to their partners, but not Liu. He had a heavily embellished vest and, best of all, a mullet styled à la The King.

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ROC’s Nikita Katsalapov was another man who wasn’t afraid to stand out when he performed with partner Victoria Sinitsina. It’s more than just his animal-print button-down — if you look very closely at his pants, you’ll spot another pattern.

Canadians Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier went full camp in bejeweled orange jumpsuits to skate to Elton John’s “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” and “Still Standing.” There was no missing them.

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Meanwhile, Lilah Fear and Lewis Gibson of Great Britain skated to songs by Kiss. To dress the part, they both wore black — with lots of silver sparkle.

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For their Janet Jackson medley, Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue were Rhythm Nation-inspired. Their look even got them a shoutout from Leslie Jones when they skated in the team event.

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Both Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagha of Canada fully committed to their funk- and disco-inspired rhythm dance, costume included. Lagha’s jacket took it up an extra level.

Skating to the Backstreet Boys, with Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber mixed in, Aleksandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin of the ROC gave us a lot. And yet somehow… they made it work.

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