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Shawn Lee - Happiness (Ashley Beedle's West Coast mix)

Grand Tourism feat. Terry Callier - Les Courants D'Air

Portishead - Over

Zero7 - Destiny

4hero feat. Ursula Rucker - Loveless (live)

Massive Attack Safe From Harm (Live)

Róisín Murphy - The Truth ( Live At Ancienne Belgique 19.11.07)

And nary a fuck was given that day

And we will hug it and squeeze it and call it "George."

Surya Bonaly is the biggest bad ass in Winter Olympics History

Surya Bonaly saying "Fuck you" to those racist ass judges.

By Sailor Jupiter

I mention Surya Bonaly in my post about why I love the Winter Olympics, but since she is so amazing I thought you guys should know a little bit more about her.

Surya Bonaly is a three-time World silver medalist, a five-time European champion, the 1991 World Junior Champion and a nine-time French national champion. She is a former gymnast and the first woman to ever attempt the quadruple toe loop. On top of all of this, she is likely best known for her amazing free skate at the 1998 Winter Olympics, when she completed one bladed back flip. To this day she is the only skater to ever do this - not the only female figure skater, the only figure skater period. There have been 3 other skaters who have done back flips in competition (all men), but she was the only one to land on one blade.

Now back flips are crazy dangerous. If you don't land perfectly you can severely injure yourself, which would sideline any athlete, potentially permanently. In order to discourage athletes from attempting them, they were made illegal in Olympic competition. The official reason they gave is because all jumps must be landed on one blade to be scored and, of course, in order to complete a back flip you must land on both feet.

So not only did she complete an insanely risky and difficult move but when Surya landed her back flip she essentially made it legal, because she was able to do it while still only using one blade. She was daring the judges to try and low ball her. Unfortunately, they still ruled the move was illegal and deducted it against her in her final score. She may have been unable to medal but she got the last laugh. After completing her free skate she turned her back to the judges, showing them just how much their opinions matter. For this, and for everything else, she goes down in history as not only one the greatest figure skaters ever but a true bad ass.

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