Jump and Spin today for Jenya and Ana – they did a lovely job, placed 6th out of 9. Here's the video:
Then in the evening we all went to the Rachel Flatt skating show / benefit. A lot of fun — basically it was various skaters and teams picked from Worlds to show sort of a sampling of the competition, plus of course Rachal Flatt skated twice. And the girls had a great time trading pins during intermission, too.
Today was De's Alpha program, and then Ana's Delta stroking. De unfortunately had a fall, but she picked herself right up and kept going, and otherwise skated quite well. She got 5th place. Ana did a lovely job on her stroking, and got 3rd. Much longer that usual stroking, too — they went around easily 6 or 7 times, not the usual once or twice.
Today Jenya skated her FS1 program, and Ana skated her Delta compulsory. Both skated very well and did a nice job – unfortunately for them, some of the other skaters did better. Jenya got 4th place on her FS1, and Ana got 4th also on her Delta compulsory.
Here's Ana's routine – the filming is a bit blurry in places because there was literal fog on the ice in this rink:
First day of actual skating — this is easily the biggest skating event we've attended, not surprisingly. The girls went nuts looking at all the vendors, all the displays, and meeting all the other skaters. There are people here from all over the country, plus several other countries including China and Qatar.
We bought a new competition dress for Jenya, after of course she spent a huge amount of time comparison shopping. Nice blue one — Lunn's planning to gem it up himself, it should look wonderful when he's done.
Jenya skated her FS1 compulsory — unfortunately she had a bad fall during warm up and knocked her funny bone, then she went on first and promptly forgot what she was supposed to do. So she just sort of improvised, wound up getting all the required elements in but not in the required order, and also went over time. Oh well — at least she didn't just stand there. Here's the video of her "nonstandard" routine…
Jenya took and passed her USFS Preliminary Moves in the Field test today — the second test in the series of eight. She wound up skating earlier than we'd expected, which made Lunn have to scramble a little to get it on tape, and she also wound up sharing the ice with another girl who was also testing, which she hadn't expected. But she skated well and got a passing mark, which is wonderful.