On Saturday, Tessa Virtue was in Vancouver with dozens of athletes to celebrate the 10 th anniversary of the Olympic Games. The lighting of the cauldron reminded her of the time when 14,000 people accompanied her to sing O Canada after the presentation of her gold medal. She was 20 years old, her partner Scott Moir, 22.
February 26, 2020
PHOTO FRANÇOIS ROY, LA PRESSE
“We were so naive and so innocent,” remembered the figure skater on Wednesday. She was in Montreal to host a chat organized by the Canadian Olympic Committee and Classroom Champions.
“This taste for success really whet our appetite. We spent the next eight years chasing that feeling we had in Vancouver. We finally experienced it again at PyeongChang. “
Double gold medalist in South Korea, in dance and in team, Tessa Virtue experienced a “crash” in the aftermath of her third Olympics in 2018. Nothing exceptional, but she struggled to reconcile her own emotions and triumphant welcome received in the country.
“After the Games, I struggled. I was navigating through this difficult period knowing the expectations of others, who had their idea of how I should feel and act! Suddenly, we were thrown a little more in the spotlight. At least in Canada. We had won, it was a fairy tale. But we had trouble reconciling all of this. I felt that we were caught between the tree and the bark. It takes time.“
February 26, 2020
JOËL LEMAY / QMI AGENCY
The discussions surrounding the possible cancellation of the Tokyo Games due to the coronavirus do not worry too much Benoit Huot and Tessa Virtue, who were visiting the Montreal Olympic House on Wednesday for a chat activity with young Canadian students.
During his career as a para-swimmer, Huot has already found himself in a similar situation where the Olympic Games were in danger for security reasons.
“It’s really boring and it happens all the time,” said the 36-year-old retiree. In Athens, there were many fears for security due to the war in Iraq. In Beijing, it was said that the Games should be boycotted because of the situation in Tibet. And in Rio, it was Zika. They were really thinking of canceling Rio. Finally, during the month that I was in Brazil, I did not see a single mosquito. ”
Huot therefore understands very well the uncertainty in which the athletes are currently plunged.
“It’s tiring to train a few months away from the Games and constantly hear that they could be canceled. But the beauty of an athlete, what is called Olympian calm, is that he recovers in his zone. You focus and prepare as best you can to be ready to perform when the time comes.”
“If it has to be canceled, it will be canceled. There is nothing the athlete can do about it. We have to continue the game plan and tell ourselves that the whole planet is in the same boat. ”
Thinking about humanity
Unlike Huot, Tessa Virtue was never really afraid of missing an Olympic meeting for security reasons. Even the threat of H1N1 did not tarnish her experience of the Vancouver Games in 2010. The current situation worries her more, but not for sporting reasons.
“This is especially worrying for humanity,” she said. “It puts things in perspective.”
“As an athlete, it’s important to stay in your bubble, but it’s also important to be sensitive to what’s going on in the world. Because at any moment, the bubble can burst and you realize that what is happening is much bigger than you.”
- sobcsociety: And our figure skating team was thrilled to spend time with @ScottMoir today! #SOTeamBC2020 thanks you Scott!!
- SenatorMunson: Some days are just better than others . Watching Figure Skating Star Scott Moir surrounded by Special Olympic athletes at the National Winter Games in Thunder Bay-the elegant moves of a figure skating-a cross country skier finishing a race this is what SO is all about -Inclusion
- Heather Massick: Arianna May have only had practice today but she did get to meet and get a picture with Scott Moir, not too shabby for a low key day hanging out at the rink supporting her fellow teammates who are doing their dance events today.
- mumma.cass: What a genuine pleasure it was for @elliesk8s to meet @scottmoir14 Thank you for all you do to support Special Olympics Athletes. #soteamab20
Specmanitoba: #SOTeamToba2020 Curlers seem to have all the luck this week! While enjoying their lunch, they were visited by none other than @scottmoir14 🙌🏻 #SOCGames2020 #tbay
Scott was at the FortWilliam Curling Club
Scott at Loch Lomond this morning!
Special Olympics instagram stories (Feb 25)
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Camila access instagram (Feb 25): Part three of the #MyOhMyVideo behind the scenes is on @camila_cabello’s IGTV and YouTube now! 💕🎥: @rahulb91
Camila’s instagram stories (Feb 25)