Happy day of the short program!
The day welcomed us with a dynamic official practice where we took command of the ice, getting us psyched to compete later that night. We ate lunch at the ice rink café, which gave us a chance to see previews of the senior short programs. When our fellow teammates, the Haydenettes, started their official practice, we rushed to the stands in order to show our support.
We came back to the hotel and, after resting up, we initiated our favorite part of the pre-competition ritual: hair and makeup. Running from room to room, we applied each other’s highlight, lipstick, hair gel, and everything in between.
When we got on the bus we had to sing Wicked’s “Defying Gravity” at the top of our lungs, a long standing Skyliner tradition. Once we rolled into the rink, it was game time, starting with an intense floor session that got us fired up.
We skated our short, and although it wasn’t the program we wanted to perform, we were proud of our score and how far we have come as a team. We landed a score of 58.93, 4.80 points behind the first place team, Fintastic. Returning from the rink, we were motivated to learn from our mistakes and skate to win, leaving us ready for the long program the next day.
Today we competed our long program. We had yet another strong official practice, but it was not until after that we realized just how determined we were. Throughout a second day of pre-competition traditions, we remained focused on the goal we wanted to achieve.
Despite the intense pressure of performing at our first international we maintained a calm but energized vibe. Our coach reinforced confidence in our abilities by blasting a pump up song, his version of a pep talk.
After a long wait in the locker room, we took the ice with the passion demanded by our long program. We could all feel the excitement on the ice being radiated from the crowd as each completed element brought more and brought emotion to our skate. Before the program even ended, we knew it was the performance we were looking for. We weren’t focused on what our placement was going to be, instead we were proud of executing our program as we had trained it.
However, anyone could see from our faces in the kiss-and-cry that we were nothing but ecstatic about placing first, with a total score of 167.23 points. The evening was filled with tears of joy and an inspirational awards ceremony complete with the raising of the American flag as the national anthem played. We then got a chance to take pictures and celebrate with the Haydenettes, who skated wonderfully in their long program to win the silver medal.
We had an incredible time here at the 2016 Leon Lurje Trophy, and this is a night for all of us to remember. We can’t wait to see what the rest of the season has in store.