Olympic Blog Post – Not for the Faint of Heart

olympic content – blog post 9 by pj kwong

The Ice Dance event came to a close earlier today with the Free Dance portion of the competition. There were some definite highlights including Olympic Champions from France Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron who were nothing short of brilliant on their way to another world record score. They moved in such a way that you only really registered one entity – it was unison, technique, artistry, and athleticism at their very best.

The truth of the matter is performances that moved me equally included Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier’s today. Neither their skate nor their result was what they came looking for in Beijing and despite it all, they persevered. There are no ‘mulligans’ in figure skating. To have things not go your way as happened in one of their lifts and still create memories for those of us watching shows not just superb training but real heart.

I will paraphrase what Kurt Browning said during our most recent episode of #3Turn3 – we won’t always remember results, but we will always remember skaters and performances that made us feel. Time and again, Gilles and Poirier have accomplished that.

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