Virtue and Moir Win Gold Medal for Ice Dancing at the 2010 Olympic Games and Push Canadian Pride to New High
I didn’t know I could feel more patriotic than I’ve felt this past week navigating the throngs of people downtown or driving street lined with Canada's flag. But watching Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir skate to a Gold Medal victory in Ice Dance at the Pacific Coliseum filled my heart with a new level of happiness and patriotic pride.
At 20 and 22 respectively, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are the youngest Ice Dance Olympic Champions in history.
They are the first North American team to break through the dominance of Russian or Soviet skaters and win an ice dancing gold medal since 1976.
Having never attended a Figure Skating competition before, I didn't know the usual crowd protocol. The usual Canadian protocol is polite, albeit sometimes enthusiastic, cheering---unless, of course, we’re talking hockey where noise is the name of the game. Clapping and the occasional hoot or whistle are also acceptable. Canadians are the polite, even when it comes to cheering.
That changed when Virtue and Moir stepped onto the ice to warm-up for the final flight of five Ice Dance pairs.
What started with one man cheering from the back swept around the stadium until every red and white clad spectator was chanting as loudly as possible: CA-NA-DA.
The swell of Canadian pride rose when the two skaters took to the ice for their last performance. Virtue and Muir are the embodiment of romance and grace on skates. The crowd waited with fingers crossed for the score and when the final tally of 221.57 was announced, the crowd embraced them with cheers worthy of the Olympic champions they were soon to be.
When the scores for the final competitors, Russian reigning World Champions Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, were announced, Pacific Coliseum erupted in a celebration of cheering rivaling that of Canadian Stanley Cup hockey.
Virtue and Moir had won the gold. Canadian patriotism rose to new levels last night as two young athletes made history.