Thursday, April 5, 2012

World Team Competitors

This year at the 2012 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships I had the opportunity to participate as a DREAM skater. I was given the privilege of distributing the gold medals for the Juvenile Awards Ceremony. I loved every minute of that experience with the other DREAMers! It was nice to meet my fellow DREAMers that I had not had the chance to meet yet. I am very proud to be a member of the DREAM team and I am thankful that I was given this opportunity. I am excited for the camps in the summer and whatever else is in store for me!

The 2012 U.S. Synchronized Championships were a very rewarding and successful trip for the Crystallettes. We were incredibly excited with the outcome! After skating two solid, fun, sassy, and engaging programs, we were rewarded with a silver medal and the spot on the World Team. It was a very proud moment for the Crystallettes! We had worked all season for this moment and for our season goal to come true was an incredible feeling. We had many obstacles to overcome before making the World team. We were mentally focused and committed to working hard. We changed our short music mid season, changed our program, and we had quite an eventful trip in Switzerland with sicknesses and injuries. It has been a challenging but amazing ride for us and we are so humbled and proud to represent the USA.

Since the U.S. Synchronized Championships, we have been busy working hard and dedicating hours of practice both as a team and individually. From the feedback that we received at the U.S. Synchronized Championships, we have improved all of our elements. We also changed the ending piece of music in our long program! The songs are spunky, exciting, and will make you want to dance! We absolutely love the new songs and cannot wait to showcase our new ending at the World Synchronized Skating Championships! We are eager to see how the crowd reacts.

The last few weeks have been busy! The Crystallettes had their ice show last weekend (March 31st-April 1st) where we got to perform both of our programs and many people in our club got to see our long with the new ending for the first time! We received a great response from the audience; they were clapping along and enthusiastically applauded at the end. The Crystallettes also had a World Send off exhibition with a spaghetti dinner fundraiser afterwards. Many people from our club came to watch us and cheer us on; we are truly lucky to have such a great and supportive club. Our parents have been amazing too! They have spent countless hours fundraising and shopping for us! Earlier this week, we were interviewed on the radio. Monday, April 2nd, Meghan Quigley and I were asked to come in to be interviewed by Paul Smith on channel 760 am. Both of us were excited about this opportunity and had a blast, we also received a very generous donation from Paul Smith, which we are very thankful for.

Even though the Crystallettes have been very busy, we have loved every second of making the World Team and we can’t wait to represent the United States in Sweden. We are thankful for this amazing opportunity and want to wish all of the teams good luck!

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