By Stefani Andrews and Lydia Wang
We can’t believe it’s already Thursday night! It seems like just yesterday we were getting on the ice for our last practice at our home rink… (oh wait we were :D). The morning started out great with a Team USA dress up day. Everyone showed up decked out in their best red, white, and blue gear. We had a very successful and productive practice with everyone excited to get to the airport and start our journey to Sweden.
We all arrived at LAX ready to get going. After spending an hour and fifteen minutes trying to get through the security line we finally got to our gate.
The flight was a long one, probably the longest most of the girls had ever been on. Luckily the plane wasn’t completely full and we were able to spread out and be more comfortable. After about ten hours, we finally landed in Paris. After a short one hour layover, that involved standing in even more lines, we finally boarded our flight to Sweden.
For Lydia and I, that short two hour flight felt longer than the ten hours to Paris. A little jet lagged, we all tried to keep our seat mates awake to help us acclimate to the new time zone.
After about sixteen hours of travel, we finally made it to our hotel. We only had about an hour to repack our skate bags before leaving to practice again. Our practice was very productive and we were able to skate on the ice at the official arena.
We ended the night with a Team USA meeting where we received cards of encouragement from the Synchroettes Junior Team. Although it’s only been one day, we’ve enjoyed the time spent with our fellow Team USA members and are excited to cheer them on at the Leon Lurje Trophy!