by Katie Orlin and Emily Kirillov
We arrived in Toronto on Monday so excited for the competition to begin. Immediately after walking into the official hotel, we felt the friendly atmosphere of the whole community of skaters. Following a dinner at the hotel, we relaxed for the rest of the day and rested in preparation for the first practice of the competition.
The next day, we had breakfast and then headed to Burlington for a two-hour practice. We worked extremely hard on both of our programs and cleaned up the details of each element. After practice, we had a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. We had time to rest and catch up on schoolwork before eating dinner at the hotel.
On the third day in Canada, we had two 20 minute practices at the Hershey Centre, the official rink of the competition. It was great to be able to skate on the competition ice and to see all the different teams at the arena. We loved sharing the bus with so many teams going to and from our practices. Being on the same bus, we met skaters from around the world, including France, Great Britain, and Germany. This was definitely a highlight of our trip thus far!
After our practices, we had some downtime before going to dinner at the hotel. We then had a Team USA meeting with the US officials and the Lexettes. We loved the gifts that the Lexettes gave us! They are so personal and are a great way to commemorate this experience at Junior Worlds!
The following day, we had two more 20 minute practices at the official rink. We enjoyed performing for the school children who watched our unofficial practices. It was exciting to have an audience to perform to before the competition officially started. After both of our practices, we came back to the hotel and had another wonderful meal there. We then came up to our rooms to prepare for the opening ceremonies and the draw for the short program at our hotel. For the first time this week, all of the competitors were together for this event. Everyone’s energy and excitement could be felt as the start of the competition drew closer.
We are eager to showcase our short program later today, skating 10th out of the 19 teams! Good luck to all the teams competing and GO TEAM USA!!!