February 17, 2014
By Kevin Weedmark
Local pairs team Paige Lawrence from Kennedy and Rudi Swiegers from Kipling finished 14th on Wednesday, but they certainly enjoyed their first Olympic experience. So much so that Lawrence didn’t want to leave the ice after the long program.
“That’s why I kept curtsying,” she told the media with a laugh. “I would have stayed out there and curtsied to every person.”
Lawrence and Swiegers, skating to “Oz the Great and Powerful,’’ had a couple of mishaps. The most notable was Lawrence’s fall on their throw triple loop. But the crash landing couldn’t crush their Olympic moment.
“I’ve had so much fun,’’ Lawrence said. “When I got off the ice, I was like ‘I don’t want to get off,’ that’s why I kept curtsying, that’s all I could do, I would have stayed out there and curtsied to every person.”
Before leaving for the Olympics, the pair told the World-Spectator that skating on Olympic ice was a long awaited for dream.
“It’s a dream come true, and excitement is really the only word you can use to describe it, if you are going to even attempt it,” said Swiegers.
“When you are young, especially in the sport of figure skating, the Olympics is definitely the big show. That’s kind of what you think of: ‘Okay, I’m going to skate because I want to make it to the Olympics, I want to be an Olympian.’