Silver Medalists

16 Mar

Hola, nice to see you kids again!

For those of you that follow me on Twitter and based on my last post (Welcome to LaLa Land), you heard about my adventures in California for the U.S. Nationals Synchronized Skating Championships.

Let me tell you, there was no better way to end a very crazy time in my life and season with the team then in sunny LA. We took off on Wednesday and spent most of the day traveling across the US. (A man started shouting when we flew over the Grand Canyon. You would have thought it was Christmas.) We finished the day with a table for 24 at the Cheesecake Factory.

Thursday morning started with a run…OUTSIDE! Lordy, was that a nice perk or what?! I cannot brave the below freezing temps and icy roads back home, so this was a special treat. The rest of the day was spent at Santa Monica where we put our toes in the ocean, shopped and ate at a wonderful vegan restaurant that was 100% organic (love LaLa).

On Friday we hit up an outdoor shopping mall that was glorious and I enjoyed some amazing blood-orange Swirlberry. That night we had practice and hit the hay early.

Saturday was the big day, competition time. We had official practice at 6am.  Rough. But, I was able to do some relaxing after the girls headed back to their rooms and had a late breakfast at Jamba Juice. At 2:30 we gathered for our last supper (pasta and salad), did secret skater and headed off to start doing hair and make-up.

We arrived at the rink and to be honest, it was the first time I started to feel emotional. I skated on the same team when I was in college all four years. It was some of the best times, I loved the girls, skating, the team, traveling…so much fun. When we entered the locker room, I was hit with a huge sense of pride; for myself for surviving the past eight months and for the girls. We were ready.

The girls had an amazing skate and took second place!! HUGE! Second among 20 teams all across the US. Yay, MSU!

Clearly Saturday ended with a glass of celebratory wine and some serious zzz’s.

We spent Sunday roaming LA, hitting up the Hollywood Walk of Fame, went shopping at the Grove and saw the Hollywood sign. Finally, we got on our plane to come home.

I had a wonderful, amazing, relaxing, fun, crazy five days with 20 girls creating more memories to last a life time.

MSU Synchro forever!



One Response to “Silver Medalists”


  1. A Look Back at 2011 « BalancingB - January 6, 2012

    […] traveled to California as the assistant coach of the Michigan State Synchronized Skating Team for Nationals…silver medalists, […]

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