What a weekend! As we returned to Sweden for the first time in 4 years, we were far from certain what to expect. What we did know was the caliber of teams at the Leon Lurje Trophy was going to be amongst the best in the world. We also knew that we would be missing two key pieces to our team; our coach Saga and our teammate Katey who had broken her foot not long before we left.
With all of this on our mind we had one goal, to skate clean and show our hearts to the audience. Though we were missing our fearless leader, we were lucky to have her very close friend Eeva Sunnari to keep our momentum moving forward. Eeva had been with us in the weeks leading up to the competition, helping us to gain consistency and confidence, while most of all remembering to skate with soul.
After a layover in London we landed in Sweden and it was to the ice. Since this was only a three day trip it was important that we get our legs under us as soon as possible. We had one hour of ice where we did multiple sections and run-throughs, waking up our stiff limbs for the weekend ahead.
When competition day arrived we again had one goal, skate without hesitation and with a full heart. Our short program was the kind of skate that reminded us what makes this sport so worth while. It was clean and we worked together through each and every moment, connecting eyes almost as if to say to each other “We can do this”! Our scores reflected the feeling of our skate, putting us in a close second behind the Rockettes of Finland. Needless to say there were some tears of joy.
The following day it was time to see if we could repeat the passion that we had skated with the night before. Up until this point in the season we had not yet been able to skate our long program to the potential it deserved. We kept our focus on beating our personal best and skating our program just as we had done it so many times at practice. Again we skated with “Mind, Body and Soul” as Eeva had taught us. We were ecstatic with our skate, beating our score from the previous weekend by 25 points!
After saying our sad “See ya later”s to Eeva we are now safe and sound home in the US looking forward to getting back to practice. We know there is still much work to be done and we look forward to the rest of the season.
We would like to Congratulate the Skyliners on their BIG win! We would also like to congratulate our competitors for a great weekend.
Best of luck to the US teams as they head out to their internationals this month! Especially our Junior team, The Lexettes, and Miami Senior in Austria!