I wrote couple of words before Olympics because I wasn’t sure whether I’ll have any desire to write something after. You see Olympics in Sochi left me heartbroken, all my favorites lost there so I was preparing myself for the same outcome in Pyeongchang. Surprisingly this Olympics turned out very happy for me.
First, team Canada won gold in team event.
I know it sounds not patriotically, but I was cheering for team Canada from all my heart. Relax, skaters from my country didn’t get into to the free program, so I’m free to love whoever I want) The thing is, there were some skaters for whom I desperately wanted this gold. So thank you team Canada (even those who wasn’t competing but came to support their teammates) for making this dream come true! Patrick got his Olympic gold, Tessa and Scott got theirs, could I want more? That’s why I told myself: “Well that’s already a very happy Olympics, so relax, enjoy competitions and come what may.” I couldn’t even imagine that another pleasant surprises were above to come!
But first couple of words about the team event. Team Italy, I love you! Let me turn on the “Russian” mode and say I wish there were two bronze medals) Because you were great, it was a pleasure to watch all your performances.
In Sochi team Russia really put a lot of efforts to win the team gold. In Sochi they were one team. Here it seemed that everyone was concentrated on his own goals, they tried to minimize the loads on their best skaters, not to mention almost empty team box (like they don’t care at all about the results of other skaters from their team) so I guess this was a logical result. Team Canada just wanted this gold more and bet everything on it.
Team USA congratulations with bronze! There were also some skaters for whom I’m really happy. Yeah Adam and Mirai, I’m talking about you)
As I said that was a great competition for me. Pictures of happy Patrick just melted my heart) Is there a biggest happiness for a fan than to see his favorite skater that happy? I guess no) It took so many years and we needed a whole team to broke the Canadian curse.
So after wine and photos of happy Patrick I was completely ready to watch the individual event) Nothing could upset me. There was a brilliant pairs’ short program! That competition really was worth Olympics. In recent 4 years pair skating has become such an interesting discipline! So many good pairs, with strong skating and interesting programs!
The last warm-up of pairs’ free program I spent in tears. I can’t discribe how happy I’m for Aliona Savchenko. Probably that was the most emotional moment of the Olympics for me. Because I love and respect her, because she has gone through a lot, because that was such a beautiful and confident victory, because from time to time people need a proof that your work will be rewarded, that miracles do happen, that fairness exists.
I also love Sui Han, and I don’t think that silver is a loss. They are young and I egoistically want to see them skating further, to see their new programs, better than this free program.
Meagan and Eric may not be my favorite pair but I respect them. They probably did the most for the team, risked their individual medal (honestly I didn’t expect them do that well after skating both programs in the team event). So that was such a well-deserved bronze!
I’m not a fan of Yuzuru, or Shoma and I criticized Javi a lot for his skating skills, but I think that men’s pedestal is completely fair and I’m happy with it) Boyang and Nathan, I’m sure your Olympics are next.
Already in fall I accepted the fact that Tessa and Scott probably will not have a second individual gold, but kept saying “Come what may”. Because deep inside I had this thought “Ice is slippery, don’t forget what happened in Torino, anything can happen, don’t award medals before actual competitions.” And another miracle happened. Sorry fans of the French duo, but someone shouldn’t have said “In a year they will become Olympic champions”. Yeah monsieur Gailhaguet I’m talking about you.
So after amazing team event, men’s pedestal that completely satisfied me, Tessa and Scott becoming two-time Olympic Champions I actually didn’t care who will win the ladies event. It turned out the least interesting competition for me. But I really happy for Kaetlyn Osmond, she showed the best skating in her career in a right time!
Sorry, after the Olympics I was completely burnt out and couldn’t make myself write a real review, but I wanted to share some impressions.