Guest Blogger, Keri
I'm watching the repeat of this on TV right now and they called it the premier event of the Winter Olympics, and although, I'd say that's hockey, I would say it was pretty amazing.
I'd had the best time at my practice events, so was really excited when actual program tickets became available. I know almost nothing about Figure Skating, but thanks to Sonia, who is a big fan, and our handy dandy AXEL radio which is a $20 lifesaver if you are planning on going to a skating event. It's basically a venue only radio that has experts offering informative and often hilarious commentary, and information about the competitors, and scoring.
We hadn't been there very long before we ran in to our first celebrity. Sonia spotted her in the bathroom, and got all fangirl. "Oh my god! You're Tracy Wilson, 1988 Olympic Bronze Medalist in Ice Dance!!!" (Side note, Tracy is on NBC right now explaining technical details)
It was the first event I've been to that I felt had a truly international crowd attending. There were large contingents of fans from all corners of the globe, but of course, the most rabid were there to see Queen Kim Yu-Na.
The second largest contingent was Japanese, there to support second place (after the short) contender Mao Asada. As our AXEL radio informed us, every person in Japan was watching at that moment.
The biggest support of all was for Joannie Rochette. Everyone, from every country exploded when Joannie hit the ice. It was very emotional for us, and I'm sure, overwhelming for her. For those of you who don't know, Joannie lost her mother suddenly to a heart attach only three days ago.
Her performance was nearly flawless. A career best, and there wasn't a dry eye in the house.
Canada's other contender also put in performance to be proud of earning her a rank of 14th after the short program.