At the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, the stadium falls silent as siblings John and Sinead Kerr circle into position. The Scottish duo are known for breaking with norms, and now they’re sporting kilts and performing a piece to the sound of a Gaelic folk song. Yet although the unconventional routine starts off well, how will it go down with the judges and the crowd?
John and Sinead are both ice dancers, of course. The siblings actually hail from Broxburn, Scotland, a small town just to the west of Edinburgh. And in 2000, in their early 20s, they teamed up to skate professionally and have been blowing minds ever since.
John and Sinead’s partnership was a success from the off, in fact. The pair even scooped a silver medal at the British Nationals that same year. Then in 2001 they came fourth at the Ondrej Nepela Memorial, a high-level figure skating challenge held in Slovakia.