Happy Canada Day.
Was there a more Canadian moment this year than Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir winning the gold medal in ice dancing at the Olympics?
Their victory in their last competitive skate was a triumph of athleticism and art. The skate was not just a Canadian moment but maybe the moment of the games. The pair before them in this competition had set the world record and for Virtue and Moir to win, they had to break that global mark.
Twenty-one years together and it all culminated in the skate below. Don’t be ashamed to shed a tear watching these great Canadian young people from your agent’s home town of London, Ontario. For four minutes as one British woman said, she was Canadian. So was the world on its biggest stage:
That was the last skate of the ice-dancing competition and the best. Was the performance perfection? Maybe. If not, it was very close and to do that under the pressure that comes with the toughest competition in the world, well, it was amazing.
In the Olympic gala to follow, Virtue and Moir paid tribute to the late Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip. Downie succumbed to brain cancer and the country lost one of its favourite and best-loved voices.
Here are Virtue and Moir in a Downie tribute with Long Time Running.
Virtue and Moir are the best of Canada … intelligent, beautiful, talented, poised and so well-spoken. Wise beyond their years.
They’re part of a wonderful country that could only produce those two gentle people.
Canada … a great and loving nation. Let’s keep it that way. An example for the world that, at present, badly needs its hope as a guide.
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