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Forgot to Write the Big News!!

July 30th, 2013 at 08:14 am

There was an important day last week in our summer vacation. It was the day my daughter would compete in the ISI (international skate institute) world figure skate competition. ISI is like the minor league to USFS (the olympic qualifying group). It is where younger and older skaters join to compete but at a somewhat lower level of pressure.

But it is still reasonably serious! The competition was held in Anaheim, close enough for us to drive. It was open to ALL skaters though the majority entered from the US.

My daughter entered at the Freestyle 4 level, and they separate by age. There were 8 others in the event for age 13. The skills for this level include moderate spins (sit spin but not a layback for example) and intermediate jumps (anything below an axel) and required footwork. Her proficiency at this level is solid but she has only been in 2 small competitions before.

To prepare psychologically, we took a trip down to the rink the week before and skated in a public session to get a feel for the place. We went the night before and stayed at my MIL house who lives about 20 minutes. That night we went to see other events to see how things were set up (judges, etc).

She was scheduled FIRST of the group at 8:15 am. The time was hard to work with, she is not a morning person! You are required to check in 1 hour ahead so it was a 5:00 am wake up to get dressed, do hair and a bit of makeup and be there by 7:15 am.

Being first has advantages. I've seen girls get increasingly nervous if the other skaters fall before them. On the other hand, it is hard to know how good you HAVE to be if you are the first to go.

Well, she went and did well. Not her absolute best ever, but very good. Then there were 2 very good skaters after; one was a Korean girl who was very very polished but FATE she fell on her footwork (of all things!). The other was a fun polished spanish dancer number.

I am not an expert but the judges are, right? MY DAUGHTER TOOK FIRST !! This was really unexpected !!

Here are a couple on-ice candids from the professional photographer...(the lady in pink is her coach)

Remember those 423 crystals I glued on that dress? It was worth it Smile

By the way, I am pleased the photographer was so reasonably priced at the event. They took 50+ on-ice candids and you were able to pick any for $10/ea. And that included a podium portrait at the same price if you medal (we did and got a podium shot of her on 1st place).

It's all a downhill skate from here now! At least for the summer.

What's next? Her coach has it figured out correctly: she now goes up to the next level (freestyle 5) and adds the hard jumps to her program!

Thanks for reading!

8 Responses to “Forgot to Write the Big News!!”

  1. snafu Says:

    Congratulation to DD, beautiful costume, elegant lines. I hope she'll continue skating to the next level, is she passionate and willing to put in the work?

  2. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    Thx, snafu...well winning this will either put in her the desire to stay at the top or might be a little voice in her head that it was too easy and it wasn't a big deal? I'm hoping the first, and am going to take a back seat and watch. She doesn't have the single-mindedness of a champion, but I think that is just her easy going personality. She gets the job done but without obsessing as far as preparation and time management (she does this in homework and other activities). Stay tuned!

  3. littlegopher Says:

    How exciting for you all!! And those crystals made for a beautiful costume!

  4. Banker Gurl Says:

    She looks beautiful! Congrats to her and proud mama too! Smile

  5. nhgirl1970 Says:

    Congratulations! Quite an accomplishment!

  6. Looking Forward Says:

    Congrats to your DD (and you)! Big Grin

  7. LuckyRobin Says:

    Her form is exquisite. I love watching figure skating. And that dress was definitely worth attaching all those crystals, too. Congrats to your daughter.

  8. scfr Says:

    How wonderful! You daughter looks lovely, and the dress is smashing. I too love watching figure skating. I still remember watching Michelle Kwan in her blue dress skate to Lyra Angelica at the 1998 US Nationals ... I actually cried.

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