If you’re like me you most certainly remember the 1998 U.S. Figure Skating Championships – this was the year American institution Michelle Kwan won gold, future Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinksi won silver, and Nicole Bobek finished with the bronze. However it was a 21 year-old Bobek that skated away with a young Scott Howard’s heart – and by heart I mean…I thought she was like really hot. Like Dominique Moceanu before her (my object of affection at the ’96 Summer Olympics), I imagined a scenario in which she’d be taken with my teenage charm and lack of skating ability – you know to the point where it would be disarming and cute – and we’d date for a while, at least until Moceanu finally came around. Either way she was unlike anything I’d ever seen in the world of figure skating. In a sport of teenage girls with tiny bodies, Bobek just had boobs something different.
Although the wheels came completely off for Bobek in the Winter Olympics – where she finished 17th – I didn’t care, we were still meant to be together. Shockingly Nicole and I grew apart after the Nagano games – I started getting further into high school and she…well she turned into this:
After not hearing her name in 11 years imagine my surprise when I discovered my sweet Nicole had been arrested for conspiracy to distribute meth. All together a pretty jarring outcome. Unbeknown to me this wasn’t Bobek’s first rodeo. When she was 17 she was arrested and charged with first degree home invasion. While she’s still pretty cute in that “I will probably go home with you and then cut you” way, I’ll prefer to remember her as the 21 year-old blonde beauty that stole my child-like heart.