The Crystallettes’ Brianne Anderson’s experience at the 2012 World Championships
Competing at the World Synchronized Skating Championships 2012 in Sweden is an experience I will never forget. The atmosphere was unforgettable at each event including opening ceremonies, awards, and the competitor’s party.
The opening ceremonies incorporated Swedish national title holders in freestyle, pop Swedish sensation Amy Diamond, and a young tot synchro team. Details of the ceremony were well thought out. Each competing team was placed in a specific area of the arena to watch the show, and once the performances were over each competitor marched onto the ice country by country. Each team stood behind their flag, with captains at the front to draw for the short program. We (Team USA 2) drew 13th out of twenty-one teams. We were excited and ready to compete short.
Stepping on the ice to represent the United States of America at Worlds was something my teammates and I have been waiting for our whole lives. When they announced Team USA 2 we heard the roars of our parents and spectators. With each count and little things to fix in mind we were more than prepared to set the music and skate an amazing short program. When we hit our finishing pose we knew we put ourselves and everything we had into our program. We knew that all we could do was wait with no regrets. Coming in at 11th place after short with only one point separation seventh through eleventh, we were determined to skate with our hearts in long at make top ten in the world.
Walking out to the arena from our locker room ready to skate long, we were thinking yet again everything we need to do to have a perfect skate. The fact that this was going to be our last skate of the season was in the back of our minds. Taking the ice for our sassy Jennifer Lopez long we heard the chant of USA from the crowd, and knew they were all behind us. We took our starting position for the very last time. We skated a solid long with one fall in a transition. Skating off the ice to wait for our scores we knew we left a few things on the table, but we were ready to take the hit.
After exiting the locker room we were able to watch the top teams in the world compete for the title. Cheering on Team USA 1, the Haydenettes, we wished for them to have a clean and successful skate. With only one stumble they ended up 3rd over all, coming out of 4th place from short. Being able to watch Hayden receive their medals at awards was something special. As they skated out onto the ice you could tell that they were ecstatic with the skate they performed. We were proud to have the United States represented on the podium.
Back at the hotel after awards, we put on our new stylish outfits, and were ready for the competitor’s party. Each team entered casually one by one and settled in to eat dinner. Once everyone was done eating the tables were cleared and the dance party started. Almost every skater was out on the dance floor having a great time. It was an experience in itself to get the chance to talk to competitors from all the other countries.
Competing at Worlds is something that most synchronized skaters only dream about. Having our dreams come true with hard work and dedication is something we will treasure forever. The results may not have been what we wanted, but the experience was more than we could have hoped for. We proved ourselves throughout the amazing season we had and couldn’t have asked for a better ending.