Tessa Virtue shares heartfelt message to 2020 Summer Olympic athletes as she recalls her experiences

By Heather Cichowski

Olympic Day is June 23. It's an international day that was introduced in 1948 to commemorate the modern Olympic Games and promote "the Olympic idea."

Canadian Olympic legend Tessa Virtue marked the occasion on Instagram by sharing her memories of practices in preparation for the Games. Additionally, the now-legendary ice dancer penned an encouraging message to 2020 Summer Olympic athletes, who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Games have been postponed due to COVID-19 and are now scheduled to be held from July 23, 2021 to Aug. 8 of that year instead.

"It’s #OlympicDay!" Tessa began the post from June 23. "Thinking about the Games takes me back to these practice days ... an empty arena filled only with our dreams and goals.

"It was the process that was most fulfilling - diving deeply into each and every facet of preparation, long before crowds or judges had their say."

The Canadian star included a black-and-white video of her and former ice dancing partner Scott Moir performing a beautiful routine.

"To the summer 2020 athletes who envisioned something entirely different this year and were eagerly awaiting their Olympic moment ... hang in there," she urged.

"Know that there is an entire nation behind you, ready to propel you forward when you need a boost as you continue training, perfecting, focusing.

"Your time will come, and it will be everything you make it."

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Tessa Virtue and partner Scott Moir proudly hold up the Canadian flag at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games after they placed first. Photo: © Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images

Olympic Day 2020 was also marked with a special series of athlete-led home workouts from around the globe on the @Olympics Instagram. During COVID-19, the Olympics and athletes are encouraging people to stay healthy, stay strong and stay active. Some of the participants included Canadian ice hockey player Natalie Spoone, American gymnast Laurie Hernandez, British taekwondo supremo Lutalo Muhammad and Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat.

As of this writing, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine reports there have been more than 9 million cases of COVID-19 confirmed in 188 countries and regions. The illness has killed more than 473,000 people worldwide, but more than 4 million people have recovered from it so far.

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