As the main character of this production of Les Deverslantes, Harvey has already seen the product before it becomes available, sometimes with his father, sometimes with his mother, other days with his spouse and friends.
"When they planned this documentary, the concept was to focus on the last 48 hours of my career. It has been good that I get such good results on my last weekend. It could have been otherwise if the results had been worse. It's like a two-edged knife. It could have reminded me of a bitter memory. But with what happened, I do not want to change anything! "Says the skier, who finished second in the 15 km classic on Saturday and second in the 15 km pursuit the next day.
The carapace of a champion
The plot of this last competition also serves as a pretext to go back in time. Through photos and videos of his childhood, some of which Harvey was unaware of, there is the evolution of an athlete who will become Sunday, March 5, 2017, in cold Finland, world champion of the 50 km, the main event of cross-country skiing.
"It does not change anything you win or lose, it just counts when you're older," Alex said.
"The journalists did not understand," recalls the young retiree today in an excerpt from the documentary where he alludes to the pressure he had to undergo from a young age.
"It saddened me. At the same time, it allowed me to build a carapace soon enough. From that moment, I always kept the focus on my expectations and to ignore the rest, "he adds.
"Tabaslak that you are good"
From his hotel room to his last race, Harvey lived every minute of his weekend with a camera stuck on him. At the heart of the concept, it leads us to the end of his race on Saturday, while he slumps on the snow, exhausted and crying.
"It was 30 seconds that I saw him lying on the floor. He did not move. I jumped over the fence, "says his father in an excerpt.
"He told me, 'Tabaslak you're good.' When you're young, you try to impress your father, you want to be stronger than your father. When your father tells you "tabaslak that you're good", it's always good to hear that. I hold tears at this moment, "admits the son in the same sequence.
His relatives were invited to paint the painting. Most parade: Peter; his mother, Mireille Belzile; his spouse, Sophie Ringuet; his coach, Louis Bouchard; and his agent, Denis Villeneuve. There is also Devon Kershaw, the main accomplice in his career with whom he won the world team sprint title in 2011.
"My idol was his father, so it flatters me a lot to have been able to lead his boy," says Bouchard.
"A teammate replaces himself, but not a best friend," says Kershaw.
As soon as an opportunity arises, Alex Harvey promises to revisit the documentary, which he considers a bonus on his career. "I admit that I was emotional enough watching it …"
Extracts from the documentary
"What I had to do in the world of cross-country skiing is done. Now, I'm going home. "
"The snow came in the week before he started Ritalin. It saved him. "
– His father, Pierre, about Alex's high school education program
"Cross-country ski movements had to quietly enter his brain. "
– His mother, Mireille, who introduced Alex to skiing at the age of 2
"I was afraid it would go wrong. I was afraid he would end up sad. "
– His spouse, Sophie Ringuet, on the last World Cup
"Wayne Gretzky, you have one from time to time. From Alex Harvey to cross-country skiing, you have one from time to time. "
– Coach Louis Bouchard
"The fear of finishing on a bad note weighed on Alex. "
– His agent Denis Villeneuve