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Figure Skater Kevin Reynolds Wins Big With Cowboy Bebop Themed Performance

3, 2, 1, let’s… skate?

Figure skating is a sport that demands precision, stamina, and an unparalleled sense of rhythm. Young athletes spend years of their lives training for their moments on the ice. The rink becomes their stage, as they deliver raw emotion through music and dance.

While figure skaters commonly choose a sweeping orchestral piece or a graceful instrumental for their routines, there are many who choose to blaze their own path on the ice with kinetic performances and energetic soundtracks. For example, Scott Hamilton won the world over at the 1994 Olympics with a punchy routine set to Aerosmith’s Walk This Way.

This weekend, though, at the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, Kevin Reynolds opted to go for something a bit less rock, and a bit more bebop. Reynolds took to the ice decked out in full-on Spike Spiegel cosplay. His set, which was set to Cowboy Bebop opening Tank!, was a wonderful technical spectacle.

Through the routine, Reynolds nails a quadruple Salchow-triple toe loop and a triple flip. Though he fell during a triple Axel, he still managed to wow the judges. Reynolds ended up taking home a final score of 77.65 and third place.

Source: YouTube (Keiko12311)

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Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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