It was one of those Olympic moments that brought the consciousness of the country together, focused on one event.
I watch figure skating/ice dancing exactly once every four years – IF there is a compelling storyline that involves Canada.
I couldn’t identify a sowcow (?) if one came up and bit me on the butt.
I was in Mexico all last week, without a data plan, and therefore out of the loop regarding the Olympics, so I didn’t hear any of the buildup to the rivalry between the French and Canadian pairs. I was back last night, and got caught up very quickly as the free skate approached.
What it could mean for Canada’s medal count. What it could mean for Canadian skating, and Olympic history. And what it could mean for Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir – who’d been together for 21 years professionally, and have such chemistry that pretty much the whole country either thinks they`re a couple…or wishes they were.
That’s why maybe the best moment of the entire night was immediately after they finished their routine, and they just stood there on the ice as though none of the rest of it was happening around them…just…elated and celebrating together, almost disbelieving that they had skated so beautifully when the stakes were their highest. Again.
(Photo: Leah Hennel / Postmedia)
We were told over and over again how they didn’t care about the colour of the medal, that they were just skating for each other. That might be mostly true, but what they were really going for was perfection, and that took a plan…and a ton of work.
I don’t know a think about ice dancing, but I know this, Olympic moments don’t get any better than what Canadians witnessed collectively last night. That…was perfect.
(Photo: David J. Phillip / The Associated Press)
Read the story of how Virtue and Moir engineered their return to the tallest of the Olympic podia HERE.
(Feature Photo: Leah Hennel / Postmedia)