THE BEST OF 2010: Yu-Na and Joannie sparkle in a night of tears and cheers
CONTRARY to public opinion not all journalists think that ethics is a county in the south of England. While a hard-nose and thick skin is often as essential as your shorthand and a stack of blank taxi receipts, every now and then you can't help but be swept up in the emotion of the moment you are witnessing.
SPARKLE: Gold medallist Kim Yu-Na and bronze medallist Joannie Rochette produced memorable figure skating performances at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver (Getty Images)
For more serious journalists this might be a famine, a war or something equally worthy rather than the women's figure skating free dance at the Winter Olympics but considering I welled up at Toy Story 3, I was pleased that I'd packed the Kleenex.
Effortlessly flawless, Kim Yu-Na ripped up the record books and earned herself a one million dollar bonus - every penny deserved - with a sensational gold in Vancouver, replacing forever in my affections Katarina Witt's Carmen of Sarajevo with George Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F.
She kept ice cool while back home in Korea millions were losing their heads - delivering performances for which there was no available superlative.
For just over four minutes I was transfixed while my frantic brain whirled desperately away in search of the words required to describe a performance that simply transcended brilliance.
But Yu-Na was not the only star of a storied night.
Four days after her mother had suddenly passed away, Canada's Joannie Rochette took to the ice at the Pacific Coliseum and produced a performance that while far from perfect, moved the entire audience, a nation and the watching world.
And for exactly four minutes and seven seconds, a home crowd collectively held its breath and willed their national treasure through every lutz, axel, salchow and step sequence of the most public tribute possible to her beloved mother.
And if you thought her performance was amazing, you should have seen her press conference.
Athletes that storm past without a word - including a British men's bobsleigh team that were pleased just to finish a run the right way up - should take note of Rochette, who bravely spent more than 90 minutes talking to the media, just four days after the loss of a woman she called her ‘best friend'.
She blinked into the flurry of blazing flashbulbs and answered questions with such class and humour that it got her second ovation of the night.
And no-one was clapping louder than me.