So I have some theoretical scenarios that I'd like to see play out, assuming that the athletes involved are even going to be there.
Theoretical Scenario #1: I would love to see U.S. National Men's Champion (and origin of the flying pigs comment in my title) Jeremy Abbott regroup after his disappointing Olympic debut, find his second wind and take the gold by skating the way he did at the National Championships. Because I looked up and watched his programs from Nationals, and his performance was phenomenal. Let me not to the marriage of true artistry and true athleticism admit impediments. In his free skate at Nationals (which I've found on YouTube so that we can all watch and enjoy), he started off with Plushenko's favorite jump, the quadruple toe loop. And it was masterful. It was glorious. It was breathtaking and awe-inspiring. You watch Plushenko's program, like this YouTube video of his free skate from the European Championships (same program as Vancouver, the quad toe loop is the first jump); you watch him, and you think you've seen a quad toe loop, but you haven't seen a quad toe loop until you've seen Jeremy Abbott's from U.S. Nationals. Remember before when I was wondering before whether quad jumps were meant to landed with the skater's face parallel to the ice? Never believe it. So I would love to see Jeremy Abbott land the quad, take the gold, and then see what Plushenko had to say about it because if all that was bothering him about the results in Vancouver was the quad, then he shouldn't be able to say anything. Plus Abbott seems like a nice guy, he kind of looks like Dave Foley, and he comes from a really loving and supportive family who seem like they must be really fun to hang around with, so I think I'll make him my substitute skating hero in Lysacek's absence.
Theoretical Scenario #2: I'd love to see Patrick Chan of Canada take the gold. He had a hard time dealing with the pressure of skating on Olympic home ice, but I thought he was wonderful nonetheless, and he seems like a genuinely nice guy. He does the quad, but he's not snobbish about it. He also reminds me of an Asian Heath Ledger.
(Digression: U.S. skier Bode Miller also reminds me of Heath Ledger, and for that reason I can barely stand to look at him. But when Patrick Chan reminds me of Heath Ledger, I can hardly take my eyes off him. It makes no sense.)
Theoretical Scenario #3: I would love to see the Evgeni Plushenko who took the Olympic gold in Torino, the one who skated with fire and passion and joy, come back to Torino to take the gold at the World Championships. I liked that guy; I miss him.
In the other events, I'd love to see Mirai Nagasu on the podium,
You know, I meant to stop talking about the Olympics, but I realize that I never said anything specific about Virtue and Moir's exquisite free dance in Vancouver. It was, to steal a phrase from from Milan Kundera, like a seeing a flower blooming on the snow. And then looking inside the flower and finding a diamond. So much power, precision, and passion, but also such delicacy and tenderness. There isn't a superlative that is superlative enough to describe that performance; it was transcendent.