By Samantha Pearsall
The Chicago Jazz Junior team awoke early Friday morning mentally prepared for an early short program official practice. We had breakfast at the hotel, floored each element of our short program, and proceeded to the rink. Our official practice went extremely well, and we were determined to repeat our fantastic skate later that night on competition ice. “Our program felt very solid and we are glad our many run-throughs at home have made our short program consistent,” Chicago Jazz Junior team member Heidi Weber-Howe said. We then headed back to the hotel, took a much needed nap, and woke up refreshed and feeling ready to compete. After doing our competition hair and makeup, we ran through our ballet, our program, and proceeded to the arena with a positive mindset.
Taking the ice for our short program was extremely exhilarating. “It was amazing hearing people chant ‘USA!’ and seeing our flag waving as we took the ice,” Chicago Jazz Junior team member Shelby Vojcak gushed. Our skate was solid, and we entered the kiss and cry area feeling content. Our scores were announced, and we knew we had things to work on, but overall, we were satisfied with our skate. We knew some of the best Junior teams in the world are at this competition, and we are lucky to compete against them before heading to the Junior World Challenge Cup competition in March.
We are in tenth place after the short program, and drew the eighth starting position for the long program competition tomorrow. We are ready to deliver a solid long program tomorrow, and hope to draw the judges and spectators in with our Scheherazade themed program.
Bonne chance to all the other US teams competing!