Brent Bommentre bids the Finnstep adieu
Vancouver atwitter over 2010 Olympics
|Brent Bommentre and ice dance partner Kimberly Navarro performed the Finnstep for the first and last time in Vancouver. (Getty Images)|
Of all the emotions of competition (nerves, excitement, joy and disappointment), the primary one was relief.Sure, some of us probably wanted to skate better. But, we all finished in a collective sigh and quick change of focus to the OD. It feels weird to retire a dance that we barely had a week to learn and train. So, here is my best shot: Today, we lost a good friend, a friend we hardly got a chance to get to know. He was fun, quick and sure had a lot of steps. Behind the dance community's tears, I know there was a glimmer of hope that the newest member of our family will be in a better place. Sure, we can visit him any time we like on icenetwork.com, but today was a rare event for dance. We hang on to our traditions pretty tightly, and never has a dance (for us) made a debut and an exit the same day. Finnstep -- we will miss you. On another note, it is very exciting to be in Vancouver. Not only do Canadians take skating, even compulsories, very seriously; but they LOVE the Olympics and all other sports. A great example is the Super Bowl. After arriving Sunday, we were pretty stoked to watch the game and the commercials. The game was amazing; I called the finish (offensive play would win the game), but I had the wrong team. However, the commercials totally took me by surprise. They were totally different in Canada. No Doritos. No Transformers 2 trailer (I am still crying about that)... everything here is about the rings -- and not the one Big Ben got. There are signs everywhere that the city is collectively preparing to welcome the world -- everything from construction cranes to billboards. There is energy in the air. Just like the Olympics themselves, I feel like the city knows the true meaning of the Games is in the process of self-improvement, and not the event itself.
Brent "Billy Shakes" Bommentre