Synchroettes co-captains Becca Haupt and Ashley Tomich share their experience at the Leon Lurje Trophy in Sweden.
This morning we enjoyed an amazing breakfast along with Crystalettes and Miami at the hotel before our long program official practice. We arrived at the rink with just enough time to stretch and warm up. When we took the ice were we’re extremely pleased to see the rest of Team USA in the stands cheering us on! Our practice was exactly what we wanted it to be and our performance tonight exceeded expectations. We finished 2nd in the long program, placing us in 3rd overall. We could not be more proud of our first international experience, it was one we will never forget. The award ceremony was extremely special for us. Standing on the podium to accept the trophy and medals on behalf of our team, as well as congratulating the first and second place teams from Sweden was unforgettable. We also got to share the ceremony with Miami’s Senior team who came in 3rd place as well. Now we are back at the hotel well fed, exhausted and ready to settle down to watch a movie with our team before getting some sleep and heading to the airport in the morning.
We arrived safely in Sweden on Thursday morning and headed to our hotel to check in. Shortly after we went to the rink for our first unofficial practice. It went very well despite the jet lag we felt. We turned in early to help adjust to the time change but were up early the next morning for another unofficial. After Friday’s unofficial we took a ferry ride into the city of Gothenburg where we did some shopping and site seeing. Our team leader, Colette Nygren, recommended checking out some Swedish candy shops and we are definitely glad we did! Saturday we had an official practice followed by lunch and a long nap, after which we returned the the rink wide awake and ready to compete. We are very proud of the clean skate we had as an international debut. We are currently in 3rd place after the short program. Representing the United States for the first time was an incredible experience and one we will never forget. This morning, Sunday, we had another awesome official practice. As of now, we are resting up for the long program this afternoon and we cannot wait to get back on the ice!