|And we all made the podium!|
Skate America is an international competition and one of the seven events that make up the Grand Prix of Figure Skating. There are six preliminary competitions (Skate America is one of those) where skaters earn points to qualify for the Grand Prix Final. Many of the skaters who competed are familiar names from the 2014 Sochi Olympics, like Gracie Gold, Jason Brown, and Julia Lipnitskaya.
We bought tickets to both sessions on Saturday, which means we saw the free skates for all four disciplines: pairs, ladies, ice dance, and mens.
|My favorite moment of Gracie's long program|
The highlight of the whole day, though, was seeing Max Aaron bring home the gold in the men's event. He was national champion in 2013 and has struggled with inconsistency since then. A brilliant jumper, he's always struggled with the artistic side of the sport. One of my friends loves him, and I always tease her for it because I just didn't understand his appeal. But recently, he's spent a lot of time focusing on his skating skills and interpretation of the music, and it is much-improved. It was wonderful seeing him put together two clean performances to take the gold medal.
There are lots of skating events, and I rarely get to attend in person, so I rely on the internet to keep me up-to-date. The Skating Lesson is a podcast/blog run by Jennifer Kirk and Dave Lease, and I watch their videos every week. I adore their snarky take on the sport, and was so excited when I spotted them in the audience during the ice dance final! It was great to chat with them for a few minutes.
|Not holding an edge, but definitely looking sexy|
It was a great event, and I'm so glad I could attend. There's nothing quite like live figure skating. The World Championships are being held in Boston this year, and I'm already planning my trip out there. Until then, I'll be glue to Ice Network and cheering on Team USA!
Any other figure skating fans out there?