It’s hard to believe but
winter is here Olympics are here. 4 years we’ve been waiting for it and now it’s here, but I guess I’ll fully realize it only when skaters will take the ice. And that will happen only if I have enough courage to watch it live. I still remember Olympics in Sochi and that was a painful experience.
I haven’t written anything about Olympics in Sochi, not a word. Because I couldn’t find the right ones. I was heartbroken, emotionally devastated and burnt from inside, with no desire to follow figure skating anymore. How naive I was) I’m still watching it))) So, I decided to write a couple of words about Olympics before it starts. Just in case.
Almost every skater, whose interview I translated, was asked about their brightest memories about Olympics, from their own experience or maybe some memories from childhood. So I thought, and what are mine Olympic moments?
What can I say, at the Olympics I cried so many times. But once it was really a tears of pure happiness, happiness because my favorite skater won a medal. And I didn’t care that it was only silver, I was so happy for him and cried together with him during the medal ceremony. It was Turin 2006 and Stephane Lemiel’s silver medal.
The most bitter tears because of figure skating I also cried at the Olympics. This time it was Sochi 2014. Mao Asada’s brilliant free program was heartbreaking. Actually, I have never rewatched it.
There was a moment of pure delight – it was Tessa and Scott’s free dance in Vancouver 2010. And realization that here it is, the main principles of sport «Citius, Altius, Fortius!». Ironically I’m writing that about most subjective discipline – ice dance. Because that was Meryl and Charlie’s performance, also in Vancouver.
There are Olympic performances that I have re-watched so many times (Carolina’s sp ans fp from Sochi, Tessa/Stott and Meryl/Charlie’s od from Vancouver) and there are performance I have never re-watched despite the fact that it’s my favorite skaters (Patrick’s free program from Sochi…..actually even in 2014 I haven’t watched it till the end. After second quad I lost my courage and run away to the bathroom, turned on water tap not to hear the audience’s reaction. Never re-watched it since).
These Olympics for sure will add some memorable moments into my “collection”. I’m a realist, so I perfectly understand that not all these moments are going to be pleasant. But I’m ready and come what may.