Rudy Inspiration

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Whenever I need a lift, I go to an unusual place, and a clip I’ve shown once or twice in Slope’s long history: the 1996 men’s national figure skating championship of 1996.

Local boy Rudy Galindo was the last to perform, and he had no shortage of pain and heartache in his life. In spite of the tension and risk, he performed brilliantly, and I cannot help get choked up every time I watch this. He radiates pure joy and the most pristine expression of years of practice transformed into a dazzling display of skill. Simply marvelous.