Alright, so the Winter Olympics are over until 2018. Let’s all have a moment to cry about that. If you’re anything like me, the Winter Olympics are a big deal to you, and you probably turn into a crazy person for a few weeks every four years. That’s okay though, because if we’re being honest here, what these people, particularly the Ice Dancers, can do with their bodies is pretty darn incredible. Not only do ice skaters need to tone and strengthen their bodies to withstand the pressure and intensity they put it through via sport, they also need to interpret the gracefulness and dedication to perfect the art of dance. The combination of art and sport in this activity is an amazing talent that deserves every ounce of respect that it receives. Two ice dance teams in particular deserve an honorable mention. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the Canadian Ice Dancing Team, who took home gold in Vancouver at the 2010 Olympics, truly are some of the most talented skaters out there and bring immense pride to Canada. This is without even mentioning their unbelievable chemistry and the fact that they are just oh-so-adorable. Tessa and Scott began skating together when Tessa was seven and Scott was nine-years-old. Scott has said that he feels bad for any other girl he skated with as a child, because he would go only a few minutes before requesting to skate with Tessa again. Even as a kid, Scott knew there was only one partner for him. (Seriously, so cute, right?) The two make the dance aspect of skating look easy; they have this light-on-their-skates feel to them that instantly captures your attention and makes you fall in love with them.
|Tessa & Scott, after their Olympic winning performance in 2010.|
|Meryl & Charlie, in one of their more beautiful costume choices.|
|Meryl & Charlie's Olympic winning performance in Sochi 2014|
As a whole, ice dancing is hugely overlooked in the world of art. Most will pass it off as a sport, looking at only the technical judging and athletic movements involved. Others can see more into the dance aspect, and realize how musically dependent and theatrical the sport really is. The American and Canadian Ice Dance teams are the best in the world (going back to that judging and technicality) and the most beautiful. They have opened my eyes to how artistic and wonderful my favorite sport really is.
|Meryl, Charlie, Tessa & Scott, with their gold/silver metals after the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics|