I suspect that 2020 is a year that all of us will be happy to see the tail end of. The COVID-19 pandemic and other world events have changed all our lives, perhaps more than we even realize. This year, face masks and social distancing have become our "new normal" and anxiety is a beast we are all facing collectively.
Our White Christmases haven't been like "the ones we used to know". Instead of gathering around tables with friends and family near and far, many of us are connecting with loved ones via FaceTime and sending presents via Canada Post.
Figure skating has suffered setback after setback this year, but if there's one thing we can be certain of - it's that our sport will ultimately survive. It has survived two World Wars and a devastating plane crash. It has survived the elimination of school figures and a transformative judging system change. It has survived the deaths of irreplaceable coaches and rink closures... and it will survive this too.
As we look forward to a brighter future, I wanted to take some time to look back. Over the last twelve months, Skate Guard blog has shared over one hundred fascinating stories from figure skating's rich and colourful history. I wanted to end the year by sharing ten of my favourite pieces from 2020 that you may have missed.
Happy New Year to all of you... wishing you health, happiness and hope in 2021. Life will absolutely not get better instantly "when the ball drops", but it will get better in time.