Just in case the IOC was getting any ideas

So after we all spent the better part of a day being anxious about a rumor that they were going to remove ice dance from the Olympics, even though that never made sense(U.S., Russia, and probably Canada would all be against it, plus it would hurt the team event, and would Speedy really let that happen to his baby?), the IOC and the ISU have both said the rumor isn’t true.  I have now seen at least one conspiracy theory claiming this is Didier Gallaghuet trying to scare people into electing him ISU president.  Even so, I believe a few examples are in order of why ice dance should remain in the Olympics in 2018, 2022, and for as long as the Games go on.  Or maybe an entire alphabet’s worth:

A: American Ice Dance, currently the best it’s ever been, and actually getting it’s existence noticed a lot in the country too, from Tanith Belbin & Benjamin Agosto onward:

B: Shae-Lynn Bourne & Viktor Kraatz, further pioneers of North American dance and inventors of hydroblading:

C: Canadian Ice Dance, producing the first ever pair of North American World and the first pair of North American Olympic champions, and staying strong ever since:

D: Meryl Davis & Charlie White, now the main reason much of American has heard of ice dance, thanks to a win at the Olympics and some reality TV success:

E: Elegance beyond even the other disciplines:

F: French Ice Dance, wonderfully wacky and innovative, though that’s not even all it’s limited to being:

G: Oksana/Pasha Grishuk & Evgeni Platov, who defined dance in the 90s:

H: Kaitlin Hawayek & Jean-Luce Baker, the next great American team (hopefully):

I: Elena Ilinkyh & Ruslan Zhiganshin, just one of many strong candidates for the next great Russian team:

J: The Judging System, which despite what some people make think did not make it impossible to do truly artistic programs, and now allows for some real suspense in the results, and sometimes even a huge surprise win:

K: Marina Klimova & Sergei Ponomarenko, who easily provided the highlight of the 1992 Olympics:

L: Longevity, with at least one team even competing in a whopping five Olympics!

M: Irina Moiseeva & Andrei Minenkov, the team that started Tatiana Tarasova’s illustrious coaching career:

N: Narrow winning margins, which are very common, especially when all the teams are very good:

O: The Original Dance, which remains missed sometimes:

P: Gabriella Papadakis & Guillaume Cizeron, who may take both the next two Olympics by storm:

Q: Quality, which remains high:

R: Russian ice dance, going strong since the 70s onward, with a ridiculous amount of talented young teams currently up and coming:

S: Maia & Alex Shibutani, who should be getting better results, but even without them remain social media pioneers for the sport:

T: Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean, of course:

U: Maya Usova & Alexander Zhulin, who were unfortunate in the timing of their career but still pretty impressive:

V: Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, one of the best teams we’ve seen in the last two decades:

W: Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Pojé, currently showing what they can do when they get good enough even when the odds are against them:

X: eXhibitions, which can be some of the most creative programs seen on ice, or sometimes just the most lovely:

Y: Anna Yanovskaia & Sergei Mozgov, yet another up and coming Russian team:

Z: Nelli Zhiganshina & Alex Gazsi, who were maybe the most creative ones of the most recent years and will be greatly missed:

Seriously, the stress of this whole sequence of events has caused me to catch a cold…

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