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Ice Dancer Pays Tribute to Sasha Velour's Iconic Rose Petal Reveal

Ice Dancer Pays Tribute to Sasha Velour's Iconic Rose Petal Reveal


Out Olympian Kaitlyn Weaver's nod to the beloved RuPaul's Drag Race season 9 winner deserves 10s across the board!

It's hard to believe, but it has already been five years (yes, half a decade!) since the iconic finale of the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Just to refresh everyone's memories (and for those of you who are newer to the Drag Race fandom!), the season nine finale is where Sasha Velour went head-to-head against fellow competitor Shea Coulee in a semifinal round of a lip sync for the crown to Whitney Houston's 1987 single "So Emotional." Towards the end of the second verse of the lip sync, Sasha, who was wearing a long, wavy, scarlet-colored wig, lifted up her hair from her head, unleashing a wave of rose petals onto the stage that were seen and heard all over the world!

Five years later, the lasting impression Sasha (who ended up winning the season) and her rose petals left on the Drag Race world is still felt to this day, with the stunt forever changing the game when it comes to reveals on Drag Race.

And the impact has, apparently, made its way to the sports world as well!

During a recent performance at New York City's Central Park Wollman Rink, Olympic ice dancer Kaitlyn Weaver, who publicly came out as queer during Pride Month last year, paid tribute to Sasha's instantly iconic reveal, taking to the ice and performing a routine (also to Houston's "So Emotional") where she can be seen taking off a furry black hat and letting a plethora of rose petals unfurl into the wind.

"I've waited my whole life to share my love and respect for [Sasha Velour]," Weaver wrote when she posted video of her tribute performance on her Instagram account. "And tonight was the night!"

Weaver's performance was part of special, drag-themed skating event that took place at Wollman Rink on Wednesday, an event that Weaver announced is happening every Wednesday night for those in the NYC area who are interested in seeing all of the ice dancing slayage IRL.

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