In the moments prior to their final performance at the Olympic Games, Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue, the most decorated figure skaters of all time, lingered rink-side, hugging. Their closed-eye, tight embrace lasted for what seemed like minutes. They appeared to be in a serene state, totally connected, and protected from the prying gaze of the spectators and cameras.
It was their pre-performance ritual. Most top athletes have them.