We knew it was coming. We still weren't ready for it.
Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir announced earlier this week that they'd be performing to the Tragically Hip's "Long Time Running" at the Olympic figure skating gala.
The routine would be the last time Canadians and the world would get to see their beloved ice dance duo on the Olympic stage.
And when it happened Saturday night, we hung on every last gesture.
Every last lift.
Every last look.
You can watch their performance online at CBC, which will also re-air the gala television broadcast on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. ET. And then maybe you can tell us what Scott said to Tessa just before they started skating, which was the subject of much debate:
Introducing the world to the brilliance of the late Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip is a stroke of genius and probably should get Virtue and Moir an Order of Canada or a Senate appointment or something. On top of the honour of being the most-decorated figure skaters to date, that is.
Tessa and Scott performing to The Tragically Hip at exhibition is Canadian perfection. 🇨🇦 #VirtueMoir— Amirah Sequeira (@miraseq) February 25, 2018
And the lyrics to "Long Time Running" - perfect for this moment. Poetry literally in motion.
Does your mother tell you things?
Long, long when I'm gone?
Who you talking to?
Is she telling you I'm the one?
It's a grave mistake and I'm wide awake.
We think Gord would have approved.
And yes, it was well worth the wait.
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