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.