© Andrew Rankin - Metro Halifax
Alexandra Duckworth arrives at the Halifax Stanfield Airport Feb. 26.
Alexandra Duckworth’s Olympic journey finally ended when her plane touched down at the Halifax Stanfield Airport on Wednesday afternoon.
Since leaving Sochi’s Olympic Village, the former Acadia University student had spent almost two full days in transit. Finally, she arrived exactly where she wanted to be: home, where the 26-year-old could finally reflect on what she called a mind-blowing experience.
“I don’t know how long I’m going to be home for,” she said with a laugh. “I’m just looking forward to going to sleep in my bed.”
Her immediate plans were to wake up in her hometown of Kingsburg on the South Shore and then visit friends at the Canada Games Centre before heading down to Ski Martock to hit the slopes.
It’s been a whirlwind. Just a couple of weeks ago she had completed her semifinal run in the women’s snowboarding halfpipe event.
It didn’t go exactly as planned. However, overall she was happy with her previous performances. The moment her final run ended her emotions took over, Duckworth said.
“It was such a relief. I just started crying. It was like, what do I do now?”
But there was so much more than just the performance. There were the epic Olympic parties. The unforgettable opening and closing ceremonies where she found herself dazzled by over the top theatrics, especially a particular performance, compliments of Canada’s own Cirque du Soleil.
Then, there was the vast and sprawling Olympic Village.
“It took 45 minutes to walk from one end to the other and along the way were these beautiful structures I’ve never seen before, coated with bright incredible light displays. It was so futuristic. People were referring to it as the Hunger Games.”
All along, Duckworth said she felt the support and love from back home, especially after finding out that a crowd of her fans had gathered at Bayers Lake Cineplex to watch her qualifying run.
“That meant everything to me.”
She’s aiming for the 2018 Olympics.With her season pretty much over, she’s taking time for herself.
“All of the relationships and experiences from Sochi will just keep on unfolding. But I’m here now. I’m drawn back because it’s home and I find such a great energy here.”