I got all worked out and worries since Friday till last night when I watched #Sochi2014. I was telling you in this post about how the Winter Olympics are The Ultimate Test for the athlets. And also about how mad/panicked/upset/disturbed (You name it!) I was over not catching Evgheni Plushenko on Thursday as I thought everything will start after the Opening Ceremony on Friday. It took me a while to figure out Sunday evening that actually what I was watching was a first! In these Olympics a new item was introduced along the individual performances for Men/Woman/Pair/Pair Dancing on ice! I watched the first Team Figure Skating Competition in the Winter Olympics!
Russia won the 1st #Sochi2014 GOLD in team figure skating; with Llinykh, Katsalapov, 15yr-old Yulia Lipnitskaya & legendary @EvgeniPlushenko. The 2nd place was held by the Canadian team and the 3rd by the United States of America, buoyed by Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who won the short and long program in ice dancing.
- Russia - 75 points
- Canada - 65 points
- USA - 60 points
- Italy came on a close 4th place with 52 points
I can hardly wait for the results of this week for the Ice Skating and I am keeping my fingers crossed for both Evgheni - may he recover and be well and able to perform as I have known him for many years - and Yulia - may she shine bright as she did last week as she is a sight for sore eyes! Here is the program in the printscreen below of the times of broadcast (Russian Time):
I am firmly aware that most probably I will not get a chance this year to watch Evgheni live working his magic - I will be at work at that time - but I am still rooting for him! Sunday I was so very upset that I actually burst into tears. Here in Poland we - me and my awesome husband - agreed that we have no need for a TV as all we want can be found online. I also have to mention that here watching ice skating is not popular at all! (back home we would not miss it each year, be it nationals or world championship or especially Olympics!)
I started searching for some live stream since Friday and I could not find a single thing! My last shout was on Facebook this Sunday - well thank God For FB as sometimes it is really helpful! - and some friends provided multiple options. Some of the options would not work in Poland, other would work only on Romanian land, others would just not broadcast... It was painful and hard as I watched the Biathlon 7.5 km Women Sprint transmitted by the Russian TV Station and yet there was no Ice Skating... Unfortunately I missed my second chance to see Evgheni live at the Olympics... That is when I burst out crying as I was waiting for that moment for more than a year, when he said he would come back just for that! Finally the transmission turned on to the ice skating and I managed to see at least Yulia Lipnitskaya working her magic in a red dress under the soundtrack from Schindlers List - remembering me of the little girl in the red coat from the movie. I also managed to see the pairs and the Ceremony where Russia got their first gold medal - as a team :)
P.S. Unfortunately I got to see yet another fail in the organisation of the #Sochi2014. When awarding them with the bouquet of flowers at the end of the ceremony, one boy from the Canadian team did not get his own. That is sad!
A LadyBug in love with Ice Skating :)