Yesterday I was glued to my couch, anxiously awaiting the final skate of the Olympic ice dance competition. Who would capture the gold medal – the Canadians, Virtue and Moir, or the Americans, Davis and White? I’ve watched figure skating with a passion for years, but I used to find ice dancing boring, until the Canadian team of Bourne and Kraatz came along in the late 1990s and shook up the sport with innovative moves and exciting, daring routines. A good ice-dance program is fast and intricate yet looks effortless, and transports the audience into the story being told on the ice.
Virtue and Moir have taken up the mantle with top-notch technical skills and artistry that resonates with emotion, earning them the gold medal at the 2010 Olympics. They’re just friends, but on the ice they look like they’re in love. Naturally I was disappointed that they had to settle for silver this time, but Davis and White are hard to beat. Both teams skated exquisite, flawless routines, making the event a joy to watch. Since both teams plan to retire after the Olympics, I look forward to seeing what the next generation of ice dancers has to offer.