Blog #3 - We've (almost) survived!

Greetings from Section 9 in the 1980 rink!

This is my last day here and it feels like I arrived yesterday! If you’ve been following our blog, you know that we have had very little time to blog this year. I’m writing my first entry on the last day of competition, after all!

There were some great moments during the competition yesterday, but also a few scary falls! Better to get those jitters out early in the season, of course, but it was hard to watch from the stands. We all want the teams to skate well.

I missed out on LPIDC last year (I was busy studying abroad in Prague), so it was a thrill to see some of the younger teams and see how much they’ve improved from when I saw them here two years ago. I admit, I got tears in my eyes when I heard that Cannuscio & McManus received PCS scores in the 7s. I’m also very excited about a few new partnerships, especially Isabella Cannuscio & Michael Bramante, Kaitlin Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker, and Julia Biechler & Damien Dodge. It will be fun to watch them develop this year.

We’ve had several more former skater sightings: Melissa Gregory & Denis Petukhov are here; Danill Barantsev is participating in test judging (and he brought wife Jen Wester and son Anden, who stopped by to talk to team IDC and give us a play-with-cute-baby-break!). Oleg Protopopov was also wandering around watching the competition, which made my day as a longtime fan of Russian pairs skating. Former dancer Elyse Matsumoto is also here as a judge. 

Today we have only been doing off-ice photo shoots so far (except for Mel, who shot her beloved Open Blues earlier this morning). We’ve found a few more great locations around the Olympic Center and with Photoshop whiz Daphne on hand, we have come out with some great shots!

Tonight we are wrapping up with the Juvenile, Novice, and Intermediate free dances. It has been a tradition between me, Mel, and Daphne to shoot these last three events of LPIDC, and it will be with mixed emotions that we finish up the week – happy to finally get some sleep, but sad to say goodbye to everyone!

Once again, Team IDC would like to thank the parents and skaters for being so helpful this year. We are so grateful for the many food runs, Starbucks runs, and general goodwill from all of the parents and skaters. It really means a lot. Thanks to the Hawayeks for inviting us over to watch the London Olympics Opening Ceremonies last night! Liz and I were especially happy to have a glass of “Maaahhsimo” wine to unwind from the long day! Thank you also to the McManus family for their reporting, tweeting, and for inviting us over tonight for a little R&R after the competition.

Anyhow, I must get back to editing! Don't be suprised if you see Team IDC storm the podium during the medal ceremony tonight to the tune of "I Will Survive" in celebration of making it through this gruelling schedule! Ok, we won't, but if Mel hadn't twisted her ankle yesterday she would be attempting it!

- Katie