The Olympics are always a time of national pride. People from every country come together in order to support their athletes as they attempt to find themselves on the podium.
Personally, my favorite events every Olympics are the figure skating programs. Whether it’s singles, doubles, ice dancing, or the team event, you’re guaranteed to be entertained by the emotional performances each skater delivers.
In 2010, the skating world was touched by the story of Joannie Rochette, a Canadian skater whose mother passed away just days before the final round of competition.
Rochette won bronze in her program, and in that moment everyone was cheering for Canada.
At the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, skating is already underway, with the Team Figuring Skating competition already complete. Canada won gold, the Olympic Athletes of Russia won silver, and the United States won bronze. Each team had their incredible moments to shine, but the moment that broke history came at the hands (or feet, rather) of Mirai Nagasu, the American figure skater.
The 24-year-old skater competed as USA’s ladies free skate competitor and had teased that she had been “working on something” for the upcoming games.
That “something” left her in the history books.