We may not be Olympians, but we can dream–and we can pretend.
Today I invited Huzzahnians to dress up in pairs in honour of Mr. Laurie, former figure skating champion, to compete in our own Olympic event. We used the term “pairs” loosely, as you can see in the video. Students brought costumes, designed and practiced routines, and performed in front of their fans on behalf of their countries. They were judged against the criteria that the class established. The two very serious and highly trained judges, Mrs. B and Ms. Smith, used the old-fashioned 6.0 scoring scale.
The performances were entertaining and fun, as was the medal ceremony. The event was capped off with a rousing chorus of ‘O Grapelandia on behalf of the gold medalists. We could almost hear the people in Vancouver singing with us.
Huzzahnians are following all events with interest, but we are paying particular attention to the figure skating pair of Anabelle Langlois and Cody Hay. Our reason? Our student teacher, Mr. Laurie, is a former Canadian national figure skating champion and he often shared the podium with Cody when they competed together. We are learning a lot from Mr. Laurie about the challenges and rewards of putting your skills on the line.
Last night Anabelle and Cody were brilliant in the pairs short program, achieving their personal best. What a thrill that must be for them!
This week we will be having our own Olympic opening ceremonies as well as many cultural and sporting events–stay tuned for our reports!