Never could I ever have imagined how it would feel to skate in front of a home audience in our “backyard” at a World Championship let alone receive a medal! This past weekend has been incredible and one that I will never forget. It is moments and memories like these that I will cherish forever.
The Haydenettes entered the short program day ready. We felt confident and calm yet excited for what the night would bring! Although I have competed at 5 ISU World Championships, this time stepping onto the ice hearing “Team United States of America 1” is something that I will never forget. Although the crowd was electric and crazy with excitement, we as a team felt composed and ready to do what we prepared to do. We skated a program that was dynamic, calm, and powerful. We ended the night in second place and were so happy with our performance. After we skated we were able to end the night by saying a quick hello to our family and friends.
As we moved into the free program day at the 2013 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championship, I just remember thinking how fast the whole experience was going by. I didn’t want it to end. There are so many amazing athletes and so many amazing teams that the Haydenettes felt honored to be competing against them. Our focus for that day was to enjoy our program and take each element one by one. This was a once in a lifetime experience and we knew that we might never be able to have this experience again. We warmed up for the competition and once again we felt the air around us was calm. We had done all of the preparation and we were ready. We did just what we wanted to do. We took each element one by one, remained focused yet relaxed. It was an incredible feeling to look around and see all of the American flags waving in the stands. When our score was announced and we knew that we would be on the podium for the forth-consecutive year, we were overcome with joy! There are no proper words to describe the feeling! To know that all of our hard work, long hours, and dedication paid off was extraordinary. Having the support of all of our family, friends and the thousands of synchronized skating fans was something that my team and I will cherish forever.
Receiving this particular World medal will always hold a special place in my heart. Accepting the Bronze medal in front of a home crowd filled with family and friends was a remarkable experience and one I will never forget. We felt proud to be representing the United States of America and were honored to be among the best skaters in the world! Awesome job to Miami University of Ohio on their 8th place finish! Being able to be in Boston with them and to share this experience together was great! Big congratulations to Team Canada 1 on the silver medal and to Team Finland 1 on the Gold and to all of the other teams who competed this past weekend! Thank you for sharing an amazing and incredible experience and one Team USA will never forget!
Haydenettes, Team USA 1