Tuesday 18 February 2014

Subtle Perfection

Kurt Browning best described the skating style of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir as "subtle perfection".  The couple's subtle perfection led them to capturing silver yesterday in the ice dance competition at the Iceberg Palace.

When my husband Rob drives by the Arva Firestation outside of London, Ontario on his way home from work, he notices the sign:  "Good Luck, Tessa & Scott!"  It is hard to believe that the current world champions live in nearby London and Ilderton.  Virtue and Moir's career has spanned 17 years.  Four years ago the confident couple skated their way to a gold in Vancouver.  But they felt that they still had a lot to give the sport of ice dancing.  So they set their sights on Sochi.

They set to work training in Canton, Michigan with American rivals Meryl  Davis and Charlie White.  The two pairs have pushed each other to the limit.  And the results have shown their hard work.  Both have benefitted from the new judging system implemented after the judging scandal in the Salt Lake City Olympics.

It all came down to the competition in the Iceberg Palace.  The American couple, standing first after the short program, skated to "Swan Lake", giving a flawless performance.  The Canadian couple stood second after the short program. Tessa and Scott's families sat together in the arena, holding up a Canadian flag and cheering them on.   Tessa took the ice in a pale pink dress while Scott wore black pants and a navy blue shirt.  They skated to "The Seasons".

Like the Americans, the Canadians were flawless.  But on this day the judges ruled that the Americans had the edge, giving them 190.99 versus the Canadians' 195.52.  Tessa and Scott can hold their heads high. Canada is proud!

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