U.S. Ex-Pat Skates for Ukraine

Siobhan Heekin-Canedy, Olympic Ice Dancer, Ukraine.
Siobhan Heekin-Canedy, Olympic Ice Dancer, Ukraine.

Her name is Siobhan Heekin-Canedy and despite her Irish name, she comes from Beverly Hills, California and she is skating on the Ukrainian team.  Confusing? Well, not to her.  For Siobhan, it was a matter of finding a good dance partner.

“Most boys play hockey in the United States,” she said in an interview on Monday, “they don’t want to figure skate.”

Siobhan, who has duel citizenship, sees no difficulty in representing Ukraine instead of the United States.  She says that when she was in search for a partner, her coach had a relationship with the Ukraine team and she started skating with Dmitri Zyzak. After he stopped skating, she says it just made sense to find a new Ukrainian partner and stay on that track.

She and her current partner, Dimiti Dun are competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

As for the political strife currently happing in Ukraine, both she and her partner towed the official line saying “the Olympics are about sport, not about politics.  Its about all the counties coming together.”

She then added, “I feel strongly that we’re representing the Ukrainian country as a whole no matter what their opinion, or their politics, that we’re here to represent the whole country.”

“I think it’s actually particularly good timing in a lot of ways because this gives us a chance to represent our country in a peaceful environment,  to get to know each other as athletes and to really build those bridges.”

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