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The Vancouver riot Kissing Couple

On June 15, 2011, Vancouver burned. The riots that followed Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final turned parts of the British Columbia city into chaotic scenes of looting, arson, violence and clashes with overwhelmed police.

It was there, amidst the anarchy, Alex Thomas fell to the ground and was too frightened to move. It was there that Scott Jones, her Australian-born boyfriend of six months, climbed on top of her and kissed her to comfort her as riot police marched around them.

Photographer Richard Lam preserved that moment in the most iconic image from the riots, one that became an instant sensation around the world and was recently named Esquire magazine’s Photo of the Year.

It was a singular, beautiful moment — which is something Jones has had to explain to the couple’s fans since they became The Kissing Couple of the Vancouver Riot.

“Just about everyone has asked us to recreate the photo,” said Jones, speaking from Australia this week to Yahoo! Sports’ Puck Daddy. “It was just in the moment. It would be just so cheesy for us to do it again. Why couldn’t someone else do it again in all the riots going on around the world?”

Today, Jones and Thomas share a flat in Melbourne, having relocated there during the summer. “We had always planned to move,” he said. “The picture was taken about three days before we planned to leave Vancouver. We were going to holiday in California for three weeks and then leave for Australia.”

It was in California that they began to reclaim their anonymity, following a whirlwind of media attention after their identities were revealed. The photo ended up on Jones’ Facebook page, after a friend recognized him and tagged him in the image. His sister saw the connection and contacted the media. Jones’ father, a motivational speaker, publicized that his son was indeed part of the “kissing couple.”

At first, Jones and Thomas were reluctant to say anything about the moment. “We weren’t sure if we should say anything,” he said.

The couple spoke with Lam before going public; finally, they decided to meet the press to clear up some of the misconceptions being passed around about them and their kiss.

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