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11 ways still photography takes the grace out of figure skating

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Figure skating is a beautiful sport. It's fluid and graceful -- and it's fast. So fast, in fact, that it can look totally different when you slow it down. Or bring it to a halt.

Still photography can bring out skating's most awkward moments, as you can see in the slideshow above. Some things that look great flowing across the ice don't look so great when a skater is caught in that one split second – something we couldn't help but notice when browsing through pictures of figure skating at the Olympics this year.

Yes, the photos are LOL-worthy, but they also elicit respect. It's kind of incredible what these athletes do (I figure skated as I kid and wasn't nearly as good, so I can vouch for this). The stills might not make figure skating look graceful, but they don't make it look easy either.

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laura.davis@latimes.com

Twitter: @lauraelizdavis

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