Throwback: Figure Skating Team Trophy at the 2014 Winter Olympics
The inaugural figure skating team event at Sochi 2014 set the stage for the Olympic debut of two young talents extraordinaire - then 15-year-old
and 19-year-old Yuzuru Hanyu. Both were fresh off their first major title, she at the European Championships and he at the Grand Prix Final, both carried the weight of their country’s expectation, both rose magnificently to the occasion and dazzled the world with their very first skate on the Olympic ice. They would go on to secure their places among the youngest Olympians ever to claim Gold.
But Sochi was also where their parallels stopped and their paths diverged.
THIS IS MY HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS MADE THIS POSSIBLE —
like honestly, you guys are incredible ?? i owe you all so much for making me feel so welcomed & loved in such a short span of time ! i’ve only been up for a few months & i’m already loving you guys so much. i have made some really close friends already, who deserve a lil’ special THANK YOU of their own. so without further ado, here is a huge thank you to these cocoNUTS
ace, man, where do i even begin ?? we’ve been through it all…the thick, the thin & basically everything in - between. it’s just been the two of us together for literal YEARS now - it’s nuts but in a wonderful way. you never cease to make me smile & feel giddy & happy, you are honestly the brightest & sweetest ray of sunshine & incredibly talented in everything you do. & i will never thank you enough for all you’ve done for me : when i needed a shoulder to cry on, when i needed someone to rant with, when i have bizarre rarepair ships that border on the edge of crack & seriousness, & when i simply want to relax. i’m keeping this short for the sake of things, but honestly i cannot express how much you have meant to me & will always mean to me through words alone, & i’m proud to call you my girlfriend ♥ ♥ ♥
MONIE MONIE MONIE !! i am so glad that i approached you on anon that one day shyly introducing myself as “a new maui” bc honestly? that started the budding of a beautiful friendship between us & i’m always glad that i did befriend you, because you’ve ended up meaning a hell of a lot to me. your mo.a.na is amazing & you bring your own beautiful take on her to the table, but you are equally amazing as your own memey self. i’m so glad i was able to find you & click with you, because you really DO mean a lot to me & i’ll never take you for granted !!
BL U E !! you’re an amazing person to talk to & your portrayals are always so flawless ?? thank you for bringing to life kubo & allowing me to cry about these two demigod brothers with you ! i’m so glad i’ve been able to form a friendship with you & given ma.ui such a meaningful relationship. i hope to continue to get to know you better & breaking our hearts with these lovely boys !!
& now onto the rest of my mutuals & beloved followers, who i am eternally grateful for, below the cut. pardon if i missed anyone ! ( in no particular order )
- A single candle; unscented (try a small birthday, votive, or mini taper candle)
- A quiet and dark place to sit and light the candle
What To Do:
1. Sit comfortably in your space. When you’re settled, light your candle and watch it closely.
2. Examine the flame first. Is it large and bright? Small and glowing? See as it waves back and forth wildly, or slow and steadily. Watch the colours as they flicker within the fire: Orange, red, yellow, white, and blue. Allow your eyes to wander the the wax pooling beneath the blackened wick, and fix onto the waxy liquid formations that decorate the top of your candle. The melting wax is beading down the body of your candle and creating veins along it.
3. Now, picture a gentle aura around the flame. See it grow, expanding towards you. It envelops you with its light and warmth, cleansing you of all negative energy, blockages, and tension. The candle remains still, slowly burning away to nothing, just as your worries are. Nothing can touch you; you’re protected. All becomes manageable in that moment.
4. Close your eyes and breathe again. Take three deep breaths, in through your nose and then out through your mouth. Open your eyes and blow out the candle, then either dispose of or recycle the remains.
When working with candles and open flames, always be sure to have water handy, and take every precaution necessary for the prevention of fires. Never leave a flame unattended.