by Katie Fiore and Emily Fitzgerald
Following the short program on Friday night, we drew 5th to skate our long program the next day. We had a pretty good official practice in the morning and remained focused throughout the day by doing video review and resting.
After getting our makeup and hair done we were ready to attack our long program skated to a “Creepy Doll” theme. Unfortunately, our performance didn’t showcase our full capabilities as a team. Despite the setbacks, we had an absolutely wonderful time at the French Cup this weekend. We would like to thank US Figure Skating for the honor to compete in such a prestigious event, and also for the French Cup IOC for putting together such a great competition. From signing autographs for young skaters, watching some incredible skating, and having many productive practices, it was definitely a memorable experience. We would also like to congratulate the senior champions, Paradise (RUS) and our fellow Team USA teammates, the Skyliners on placing third and capturing the bronze medal in the junior division!
We learned many lessons as a team and are prepared to kick it into gear in these last weeks leading up to the National Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan. We can’t wait to get home and improve both of our programs, and also host the Tri-States competition and Junior World Qualifier in Dearborn, MI this coming weekend!
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
See you soon!