Greetings from Helsinki! Because of our late draw, we were able to sleep in a little later this morning. We had breakfast at the hotel with the other athletes and then got ready for our Official Short Program practice. We arrived at the Ice Hall around 12:30pm, with a little time to spare; we were able to walk around the arena to see the vendors and photos on the concourse. We did our usual warm-up routine and then it was time to go to the locker room.
As we waited ice side before our skate, you could sense the energy and excitement in the building… Competition day was finally here! We skated first in the final group of six teams. Our practice went well and we are feeling good about the upcoming event this evening.
We returned to the hotel for lunch and video review.
Now it is time to rest and prepare for tonight’s big event!
Good Luck to all teams and GO USA!!
Haydenettes enjoyed another great day in Helsinki:
Day 3 in Helsinki…
Today we woke up early to another grey day here in Helsinki. We headed to breakfast before getting ready for our first of two unofficial practices. We arrived at the Ice Hall around 9:30am to warm-up. Our first practice was held on the Official surface; we skated second in our practice group after our teammates, Miami University. It was a 20-minute practice, so we had time to warm-up and then we skate sections of our Long Program. There were many more fans, officials and other teams in the rink today, including our own family members and friends who made the trip here to Finland. It was fun and exciting to perform for the crowd and think about just how packed the arena will be when we compete later this week. Our parents and friends met us for a few minutes as we left the arena and boarded the shuttle back to the hotel. It was great to see them and so nice to have them here supporting us! Back at the hotel we had lunch together as a team and a short rest before heading back to the Ice Hall for our second practice. Our second practice was also 20-minutes long and held on the unofficial surface. We focused on small sections from both our short and long programs. Feeling confident and happy with our skate, it was time to return to the hotel for video review and to prepare for the Official Draw Ceremony.
The Draw Ceremony was held at the Ice Hall. Hundreds of Finnish skaters from throughout the country participated in the ceremony- it was an awesome sight! The Draw Ceremony was fun, creative and very entertaining. Having the opportunity to compete at Worlds with the best athletes of our discipline from around the world is truly an amazing experience. Sitting amongst our fellow competitors and watching each Country’s flag enter the arena was very moving. It reminded us all what an honor it is to represent our country and how special it is to have these once in a lifetime experiences.
The US Teams will skate back to back tomorrow in the Short Program. Miami University (USA2) will skate 15th and Haydenettes (USA1) will skate 16th, first in the final group of teams.
We are looking forward to a very exciting day ahead with Official practices and the Short Program competition.
Day 2 in Finland….
Wednesday morning we woke up to a rainy and grey Helsinki. Even with the dreary weather, we felt refreshed after having a good nights sleep and ready to start another busy day. We headed downstairs to breakfast where we were surrounded by athletes and coaches…it definitely felt like the competition atmosphere! We had a short meeting with our Team Leader, Doctor and our fellow Team USA teammates Miami University before heading out to do some sightseeing and shopping. Despite the rain, it was great to get out and explore the city. Luckily for us, our coach Saga and her sister were leading us and had lots of suggestions for where to shop and what to see. After breaking off into smaller groups for shopping and exploring, we all ate lunch together at a small café downtown. The café offered a great selection of pasta and other delicious foods- perfect to reenergize us before our evening practices. Happy with our purchases and time out of the hotel, we headed back on the train to prepare for practice.
We did our hair and make-up and before we knew it, it was time to take the shuttle to the rink. We felt ready to skate and perform after a restful and fun day together. The first practice was held on the unofficial surface where we had practiced Tuesday night. We started with a Short Program run through and then continued with many strong sections. We felt confident and satisfied with our skate. Miami University practiced after us. We cheered loudly for them when they took the ice and then stayed to watch their practice.
When Miami was finished skating we walked to the Official Arena to hang out and wait for our second practice of the day. We were able to watch some of the other teams and relax a bit before warming-up to practice again. Our second practice felt great. We skated sections of our short, focusing on details and consistency.
We arrived back at the hotel rather late and tired after a long day. We had a short video review session and then ate dinner with Miami before heading back to our rooms for the night. All in all, Day 2 in Helsinki was great! We had a lot of fun and two great practices. Now it’s time to sleep and prepare for another packed day ahead.
Until tomorrow…Good night!
Olemme saapuneet Helsinkiin!
We arrived here around noon after our long trip from Boston. Our travels started Monday afternoon at our home rink in Lexington, MA, where half of the team and managers met to ride to the airport. In Boston we met the rest of the team, checked-in and got ready to start our final and most exciting trip of the season. We flew from Boston to Frankfurt and then Frankfurt to Helsinki. The flights were long, but pretty uneventful- just a little turbulent because of strong winds.
We could feel the excitement building as we landed in Helsinki and collected our bags… We had finally made it to the World Championships! Our coach, Saga was greeted by her sister and two nephews upon arrival. We were all excited to see them and excited to be in Saga’s home country. After a quick bus ride to the hotel, it was already time to get ready for our first practice!
Led by Saga and our Team Doctor, we walked to practice rink. Despite having just arrived a few hours before, our practice was strong and we felt happy with our skating. The walk back to the hotel was a good chance for some fresh air before a little down time and dinner. At dinner we were able to see more of the teams arriving to check-in as well as catching up with some our of US teammates from Miami University.
Even with all of our excitement, we are all ready to go to bed early! Tomorrow will be another exciting day for sure!