Thursday, August 4, 2016

Let the games begin

In February of 2010 most of the world, watched the Winter Olympics held in Vancouver. Through the years, there have been so many wonderful stories and also many tragedies. I am always amazed at the discipline and perseverance of these athletes. It feels like we all stand behind them, as though we were the ones actually taking part in the sport.

And so it was for the Women's Figure Skating competition. Did you watch it? So many talented young women took to the ice to perform their Free Skate. The beauty and grace of each skater surely captured their audiences. But the whole world held it's breath when Joannie Rochette started her routine. Skating just four days after the sudden death of her mother, Joannie skated her heart out. Was it perfect? In the eyes of the world, Joannie skated the performance of her lifetime. She blew a kiss heavenward when she finished.

And those judges? Were they perfect?? For many years, past judging has been deeply criticized for being unfair with Soviet blocks giving high marks for skating performances that were lacking. But that night the judges made up for the injustices they have contended with in the past. Canada was proud to honor Joannie Rochette as the Bronze metal winner.

(picture courtesy Getty Images)

The world applauded Joannie and was proud of her determination and fortitude.

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