Today I’m going to tell you all about my trip to California with the Boston University Figure Skating Team. After going to multiple competitions throughout the semester, we managed to qualify for the USA Intercollegiate Figure Skating Nationals, in which we would have to compete against the top nine university figure skating teams of the nation.
We left fairly early on Thursday the 9th of April to get our flight to San Francisco. The truth is that we didn’t have to compete until that next Saturday, but our coach believed that it would be best to arrive early to enjoy the good weather and get accustomed to the time change before the competition. The six hour flight was very entertaining; being able to travel with my 27 teammates was one of the best experiences of the week. The rest of the day was spent crossing California to reach our hotel and stop by the ice-skating rink.
We had been given free range for the next day until seven in the evening when we would have team training and the opening ceremony of the competition. My closest friends and I spent the whole morning shopping at the outlets that happened to be a five minute walk from our hotel, and also soaking in as much Californian sun as we could before having to return to Boston.
That same night, after all the scheduled events for the day had transpired, our coaches had a surprise prepared for us: they had contacted our parents and family to send us a little video of encouragement in addition to some pictures of us skating from when we were kids. It was the best gift I could have received.
That night it was an early one for most of us, as we were scheduled to compete the next day. By 6 a.m. the next morning I was up and ready to go, as I had to skate at 9 a.m. that same day. I am proud to say that after the whole year of training, I managed to place 2nd in my category. After so many years without skating, I had finally achieved it. I have to thank BU for this amazing opportunity and for bringing me back the joy of skating. All the days of training, the sacrifices, all the blisters on your feet and the constant pain of the skates no longer matter once you are back on the ice. I really believe that skating is the closest thing to flying. It’s going be a great loss for me to give skating up again.
On that Sunday, I also competed in what is called the “team” event, where members of the team are required to go out on the ice and perform an element of different difficulties in complete silence and with everyone watching, in which we placed 4th.
I’m proud to communicate that out of all the universities BU placed 3rd overall. After so much work, we have managed to situate ourselves as one of the top three university figure skating teams in the country.