Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Gold medal!

My freestyle event was this afternoon. I had asked to be allowed to compete against the boys instead of having to skate against the book (that's when you have no competitors, so they judge you against the test standards, and you don't necessarily get first place). They combined a couple of events so I'd be competing against one of the boys who was in my age group, but he didn't show up, so I had to skate against the book after all.

There were hundreds of spectators cheering everyone on. It was wonderful -- I don't think I've ever skated in front of such a large audience. Debbie put me on the ice, and I skated well. I didn't land my loop, but just about everything else felt good, and I even heard the audience clap for me a couple of times during my program. I didn't shake afterwards, either.

I placed first, which means that I get to skate in the ice show on Thursday night. My medal is gorgeous and very heavy. It's engraved on both sides, and I wore it all evening.

Tomorrow: showcase.


lisa said...

YAY!!!!!! WHOO!!!!!!

(this is me cheering you on :)

Jonathan said...

Awesome!! Youfreakin' go with your bad ass! I am so happy for you! I can't wait to see the medal, and maybe try it on?

Stephanie said...

Thank you! Yes, Jonathan, if you're very good, I might let you touch my medal. :-)