by Dana Hall
Waking up at 8:00 am to get ready for breakfast was much easier than 5:45 am like the previous two days. The whole team went down together to grab some delicious buttery croissants, fluffy eggs, and fresh fruit. After breakfast, it was time to doll ourselves up for official practice.
We headed to the rink eager to get on the ice and show the judges what we’ve got. Unfortunately, we did not have the best official, but that motivated us to skate well later in the day. Official practice was followed by a quick video review to see where we needed to clean things up.
Just like that, it was time to get back on the bus for the competition. We shared the bus with Revolutions from Finland. They were nice enough to let us play our pump up song, “Defying Gravity” from Wicked and we sang along to their pump up song “You Don’t Own Me.” We headed into the warm-up area and focused in on ourselves. For most of us, the new experience of being around Marigold Ice Unity and their INSANE pre-competition rituals was a little distracting, but our coaches did a great job of bringing us back in. We got down to business and felt ready to compete.
Our short program didn’t end up with the score we had hoped, but it was an improvement from our official practice earlier in the day. We knew that tomorrow we would have to bring it to get the chance to medal.
The morning routine was almost identical to what it was the day before, only with the introduction of a little pep talk from our coaches before we got on the bus and headed to official.
We took the ice for official as if it was our last skate in Austria. We wanted to prove to everyone in the rink, and our coaches, that official yesterday morning was just a fluke. Official ended with all of us feeling satisfied and ready for the night ahead. Our coaches set up the video review for us back at the hotel to review practice and give us feedback before the competition.
After a few hours to just relax and watch the Junior event on the live feed, it was time to get back on the bus. We were all relaxed and ready to bring out the Whitney sass as we headed into warm-up.
Whitney Houston was in full effect during our long program skate. We took the ice knowing it was our time to shine and show how much we love this program. The whole crowd was singing along and really pushed us to perform throughout the whole arena. We ended the night earing the Bronze Medal here at the Mozart Cup!
We are so thankful for the opportunity to represent our country and congratulations to all the teams who competed. A special congrats to Lexettes for earning Gold in the Junior event, Miami University for earning Silver in the Senior event, and Chicago Jazz for placing 4th in the Junior event! What an amazing weekend of skating in Austria!