More than a decade later, Canada’s Kevin Reynolds can still recall a most remarkable scene — one that him left both awestruck and motivated beyond belief.
The occasion was the 2001 World Figure Skating Championships, which were held almost in his backyard at General Motors Place in Vancouver.
And with a front-row seat he witnessed some of the giants of the sport compete on the biggest of stages before loud, sellout throngs.
“I watched everything there, and it was quite the experience to see all those top skaters like (Alexei) Yagudin and (Evgeni) Plushenko,” Reynolds recalled. “It was great seeing the best skaters in the world. You can’t get anything better in terms of motivation.”
Originally published in October 2012