Olympics Figure Skating ousts Hockey, but here's a feel good guy to cheer for
This time, however, I'm a little more laid back and accepting. Luckily for us Canadians, many of us subscribe to satellite TV and are lucky enough to have both the Canadian Olympics feed, through CTV, and the American feed, through NBC.
This year, that is a huge plus for those of us who live in Northeastern British Columbia, as our hometown boy, Cody Hay, is competing in the 2010 Olympic Games in Pairs Skating, and there are a lot ot adults and kids cheering him on.
Cody and his partner, Anabelle Langlois, are returning to competitive skating just in time for the Olympics. Last year, Anabelle suffered a spiral fracture in her lower right fibula. Two surgeries resulted, one to insert a plate and screws to promote healing and a second surgery to remove the plate and screws. By all accounts the surgeries were successful and the two are back on track.
Cody is from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, and has coached many youngsters in the small city, best known for being Mile Zero of the Alaska Highway. He grew up skating with the Mile Zero Figure Skating Club and as a child had no idea that he would one day become good enough to compete in the Olympics, however, by all accounts from the locals, his talent was evident early on. He initially paired with Daylon Hoffman but their success was limited. Langlois had been paid with Patrice Archetta, but when their off-ice relationship ended, the skating pairing ended too. Langlois and Hay initially got together for fun to perform in his home town of Dawson Creek, and the rest, as they say, is history.
The two have been together for 5 years now and other than the break from competition last year, have been steadily improving their standings. They finished in second place in the Canadian Championships and earned their place on the Canadian Olympic team.
Although figure skating is perhaps not the sport most male Olympic fans would choose to watch, I invite you to at least take a look at this young couple, and think of what being here means to him and to my home town. I know my daughter and her friends will be watching and likely squealing and cheering as they take to the ice.
Good luck Cody. Your home town will be watching.