Saturday, April 29, 2017

Y is for Yamaguchi, Yugoslavia, & Yankovic (2017 Blogging A to Z)

Welcome to my '92 Time Capsule!  The end is near!  After today there's only one more letter to go in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge!!!!

Today's letter is Y.  Here we go...

In the 1992 Winter Olympics, which was held in Albertville, France, Kristi Yamaguchi of the United States won gold in the ladies’ singles figure skating competition. Midori Ito of Japan earned silver. Yamaguchi and Ito became the first individuals of Asian decent to win Olympic medals in figure skating.

L-R Kerrigan, Yamaguchi, and Ito.  Photo via.

Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, both of the United States, came in third and fourth respectively. (Interestingly, two years later the infamous incident dubbed “The Whack Heard Round the World” occurred when Kerrigan was assaulted after a practice session at the ’94 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit.)

Kristie Yamaguchi turned professional after the 1991-92 competitive season. Since Albertville, she has toured with Stars on Ice, established the Always Dream Foundation, made a workout video with the California Raisins (1993), authored four books, and became the celebrity champion in the 6th season of Dancing with the Stars in 2008.


The 1992 Winter Olympics were also notable in that it was the last olympics in which athletes from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia participated under that name, which then consisted of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia. 


Also in '92, the King of Musical Parody, Weird Al Yankovic, released his album Off the Deep End which included parodies of several well known songs at the time such as Smells Like Nirvana which was a parody of Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana.

Other parodies include:  

  • I Can't Watch This (You Can't Touch This by MC Hammer) 
  • The White Stuff (You Got It (The Right Stuff) by New Kids on the Block)
  • Taco Grande (Rico Suave by Gerardo).  
Released in April of that year, Off the Deep End became his best selling album (up to that point).


On a personal note, although I try very hard to appreciate Weird Al songs, he usually tends to drive me crazy!  I am, however, more tolerant of Smells Like Nirvana than I am of the song it parodies.  

Do you have a favorite Weird Al Yankovic song?  If you do, feel free to share.  Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Good. Came to know of Yamaguchi - Figure skating gold medallist.
    Youthful Organization

  2. Yamaguchi is poetry in motion. Weird Al songs -- has to be the parody on Michael Jackson's Beat It -- Eat It! Find me here.LINK

  3. I love Kristi! I saw her, well, on tv but gosh, it was fun to see her skate. I've never been a fan of Weird Al but sometimes come across a video or two and it was kind of funny.

    have a lovely day.

    ~ my Y post - yada yada~

  4. Loved the 1992 Olympic figure skating. I remember I was babysitting during the finals and I put the kids to bed early so I could watch it (they were too young to appreciate the Olympics). I have a Weird Al tape that a guy on my swim team made for me. I liked it, but then again I was like 10 or 11. Girl Who Reads

  5. We are fans of Weird Al in my house. His Star Wars themed parody of American Pie is great. We also like Don't Download this Song.

  6. I think Weird Al is great!!! Very creative to parody songs the way he does!! And I've been called Kristi Yamaguchi before since we spell our names the same! LOL


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