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Surya Bonaly

Surya Bonaly (born December 15, 1973) is a French professional figure skater. She is a three-time World Championship silver medalist, a five-time European Champion, the 1991 World Junior Champion and a nine-time French National Champion.

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Someone who actually deserves an apology and mad recognition: Surya Bonaly.
I would like an apology for Surya Bonaly, who was a wayyy better skater than Harding and never got Olympic love
Yes! Surya Bonaly was the only reason I watched figure skating back in the day and…
“Has anyone ever said screw it all and flipped on the Tone Lōc and just gone for it like s…
They used to trash Surya Bonaly for her body type. She had so much power though.
I always found the Harding vs Kerrington drama took a backseat to my love for Surya Bonaly who never won t…
Who had "Amy debates Tonya Harding, Surya Bonaly, and Jonny Weir on FB for 20 minutes" in their office pool? Congrats. You win.
I watched "I, Tonya" on Sunday, listened to RadioLab's Surya Bonaly broadcast Sunday prior. I want to know more abo…
...thank you for this (...I am writing a book about Surya.) Great little piece and…
Surya Bonaly was the FIRST and ONLY person to do this move, only 3 other ppl (all men) have done it but were not able to…
But I would come out of my chair watching Surya Bonaly. She was dynamic, compelling, and something that mattered most to me: black.
Surya Bonaly and Kristi Yamaguchi deserve a movie and accolades before Harding...
My favorite moment of that Olympics was actually Surya Bonaly's illegal backflip.
at the time, I was unaware of Surya Bonaly (look her up if you don't know) so I was basically looking up to Kristi…
I’d love to see a movie about Surya Bonaly or Rudy Galindo or really any other prominent/interesting skater from that era.
They should make a movie about Surya Bonaly’s illegal backflip.
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More black girl magic. This one's for Surya Bonaly!
Wholeheartedly agree. One of my fave childhood memories is seeing the Campbell's tour after the 92 Oly…
You'll also love this Radiolab show (which features Harding) about Surya Bonaly:
Pretty rude of to snub figure skating catsuit icon Surya Bonaly:
Would love a surya bonaly picture too
I was pretty into I, Tonya but I'm still waiting for the Surya Bonaly story. cc:
Y’all black women can seriously do anything. The only person to ever in history complete a one-bladed backflip in i…
Reminds me of Surya Bonaly being dinged for "artistic" reasons.
The sister Surya Bonaly from France brought some flavor, shook up the skating game and made them swi…
I remember Surya Bonaly did this in the Olympics back in the day. I was like 😮
I miss 90's ice skating competitions. I was so obsessed back then. lol Katarina Witt. Oksana Baiul. Nancy and tonya…
I recently read that former Olympian Surya Bonaly lives and coaches in the Twin Cities.
The only one footed back flip on ice skates ever by Surya Bonaly
This reminds me of when Queen Surya Bonaly of France refused to stand on the podium or wear her silver medal at the…
I wonder what Surya Bonaly is up to these days
If you're at all famous and want to get on my good side, be nice when my mom geeks out on you. You're ok by me, Sur…
We had Olympic skaters training one town over from me growing up. Some went to our high school. I didn't know any o…
yes I am elderly and *** enough that we are having an in-depth conversation about Surya Bonaly's free skate at the Nagano Winter Olympics
Thats facts!! I remember her doing it. We used to kill figure skating in the 90s..I wanna say the other…
I got my daughter a black Barbie ice skater so I could teach her about Surya Bonaly because Tonya and Nancy getting too much shine.
Man, remember when Surya Bonaly was too much?
I fell asleep watching Surya Bonaly's sets last night, and I honestly just got excited finding out Tonya Harding is…
My ice cold take from 23 years ago: Tonya Harding is great, she can do a triple axel, she shows (along with Surya B…
Not to come out of left-field completely, but Surya Bonaly was better than the both of them and would have made for…
wow YES. i have not followed french figure skaters since the era of surya bonaly and phill…
It’s a Surya Bonaly backflip kinda day
Omg so true. Surya Bonaly always got done so bogus. But what a golden age of figure skating / Winter Olympics
This is Surya Bonaly, the first & only Olympic figure skater to land a backflip on one foot. I love black excellence. h…
Wonderful piece from about Surya Bonaly reported by & Cameo…
July 27: Three-time world silver medalist Surya Bonaly and Agnes Zawadzki ...
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Ha. My homer vote was gonna be Surya Bonaly. She did a backflip on ice skates! Also, Debbie Thomas was robbed.
Latest film in my series, directed by tells Surya Bonaly's story: …
Happy birthday, Surya Bonaly Born in Nice, France, Surya Bonaly is known for being the only skater to land a back flip on one foot on the ice. Many remember her for being disqualified for doing that move in the 1998 Nagano Olympics. She participated in three different Olympics. Bonaly won the French National title nine times and the European title five times. She placed second at the world championships three times. Bonaly became a US citizen in 2004.
The third Canadian commentator is horrid. She calls Yulia Lipnitskaya "Ulla" and, while showing archive footage, called Surya Bonaly "Serena Bonley." Why do they hire a commentator who doesn't even do her homework?
Just watched Nancy Kerrigan on the Olympics closing show. I have a new sense of respect for Nancy Kerrigan...she has really let all of it with Tonya go. Good for her. I do wonder about the other skaters of that era...Oksana Baiul, Chen Lu, Surya Bonaly and the ice queen herself Katarina Witt!
While you pretend you don't know the results of the Women's Olympic Figure Skating Finals, you might enjoy this Lin's Bin I wrote 2 Olympics ago. Hey, Lin! My question for Lin's Bin is: Why do men think Figure Skating is not a sport? :) Marina Brookfield, IL 60513 Hold everything. You got us all wrong. Men love the figure skating. Those same guys spooning chili off their football jerseys on a Sunday afternoon can recall the virtues of any number of elegant figure skating legends. The regal Peggy Fleming, the tow- headed Janet Lynn, the short and sassy Dorothy Hamil. We’ve applauded the high flying Yamaguchi. The thoroughbred Nancy Kerrigan, who once said, “How could anybody not like Mickey Mouse he’s the greatest mouse I’ve ever known.” And the generous also ran Michelle Kwan. You might even be a little disturbed with the depth of our figure skating acumen. We even know about Surya Bonaly. For all its grace and artful pretensions, figure skating is like gymnastics without the padded landing. ...
Dear Polina Edmunds...stealing Surya Bonaly's tights is surely not a way to begin your Olympic skating career...oh and just in case you forgot...you're white!!!
Surya Bonaly is the biggest bad *** in Winter Olympics History - She does a back flip and lands on one blade!
"Can someone actually explain to me what is black history month? Is it where American’s take time to look back in the great men if colour? Or something different?" Not just to look back. But to give back and restore the legacy of black culture in america. Up until as recent as 40yrs ago many black achievements and discoveries were covered up or even stolen. Black people such as Dr. Charles Drew who researched lead to developing blood transfusions and improved techniques for blood storage only to later die because white doctors did not give give a blood transfusion when he needed. or Surya Bonaly the first and only woman to perform a quadruple spin at the olympics only to be denied claiming it was and over rotated triple. i could give you many more examples Fredrick Jones inventor of roof refrigeration for food trucks Garrett Morgan inventor of the traffic light It is important for People(both white and black) to know and understand that black people have had just as big of a hand in creating society as ...
check out what racism looks like (in France) ~ Surya Bonaly (FRA) - 1995 World Figure Skating Championships
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.
Wale mentioned Surya Bonaly in his rappity-raps. He's the poet laureate of D.C.
Birmingham, England, GREAT BRITAIN - 1995 World Figure Skating Championships, Ladies' Free Skate - First, a profile on Surya Bonaly of France, followed by he...
People acting like Surya Bonaly at the 1994 World Figure Skating Championships
French figure skater Surya Bonaly is kno
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