The show was in town for only 3 days, a huge figure skating event with massive international coverage.  Nearly every person in Switzerland would see this event, if not live, than certainly on television.  It would go on to broadcast across the entirety of Europe and all around the world.  Hallenstadion, a beautiful wooden structure over 100 feet tall was filled to the brim with nearly 10,000 anxiously awaiting attendees.  This arena is a dream venue for any performer.  This show is a dream opportunity for any artist.  Excitement filled the air as anticipation built for the arrival of the star-studded cast of Olympians and World Champions.

The telephone rings.  It’s not  only the premier news agency in all of Europe, but the most well-respected news anchor and talk show host in that entire part of the world and she wants an interview with one of my skaters.  Normally this would be fine.  I would agree and we would move forward and arrange a time, but this particular skater didn’t really do interviews.  No…it’s not what you think.  She wasn’t a Prima Donna.  She was soft-spoken…when she spoke.  She stayed to herself…reserved, introverted.

Worded carefully, I explained to the artist that this was a fantastic chance to promote herself, her sport and perhaps help bring about new opportunities for her career.  She reluctantly agreed, but not before exclaiming, “Wait, I have nothing to say!”  I chuckled and said, “Oh, don’t worry, something will come to you.  Just be yourself.”

The news team was late!  The show had already started.  Fans were cheering so loudly the walls were rumbling with thrill and joy.  There were 10 of them altogether…a couple of grips, an electrician, a sound engineer, a pair of camera ops, a wardrobe gal, hair and makeup…AND…one of the most famous news anchors on the planet!  My skater was about to hit the ice to perform her featured spot at the end of the first half of the show.  The anchor asked politely if we wouldn’t mind if she could quickly present a couple of questions before my artist went on and perhaps a few more after she finished.

Before going on the ice for her performance the skater turned to me and said, “I hope I did ok in the interview.  I just didn’t have anything to say.”  I smiled proudly as her name was called over the loudspeakers and she took off like a rocket across the surface of the ice in a way that could only be described as pure magic.  It seemed like her skates were on fire!  All I could think was, "Where does this come from? She is so reserved."  Adrenaline, power, tension, confidence…it was amazing!  She flew like the wind.  And then it happened…the pounding music suddenly stopped.  Dead silence.  You could hear a pin drop in the arena packed with 10,000 people.  The entire room began to turn in slow motion.  A single piano key played, then another, then another, as she slowly, lyrically mesmerized the audience, every motion of her body captured in time.  Like a ballerina atop a music box she delighted the crowd as they hovered on the edges of their seats daring not to blink lest they miss a single moment.

The audience sprang to their feet in a wild ovation, cheering, smiling, some crying as if they had just witnessed the most beautiful sunrise of their lives.  As always, she sheepishly waved to the crowd, half smiling, half embarrassed.  She arrived backstage and sauntered to the awaiting news crew which somehow had grown to about 20.  We found out later that all the support personnel from the production trucks had poured in to the hallway so that they wouldn’t miss this beautiful performance.  Head down as she approached the news anchor and shyly apologized.  “I’m sorry I didn’t do well with the interview.  I just don’t have much to say.”  At which the anchor looked at her with tears pouring down her face and said, “You just said all you need to say.”  Sometimes, what you do is all you need to say.