Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Competition Results

Sorry everyone I haven't posted for a while, I've been really busy!  Just a little over a week ago, we just got back from a seven day cruise in the Eastern Caribbean.  Anyway I want to fill you in on what I got and what happened at my competition that was on Saturday.  So we got to the rink about an hour earlier than we needed to.  I was competing against two of my friends from the rink that I skate at.  I was feeling confident and excited.  Just earlier in the day (about 9:00) I ran through my program at our rink and it was great!  I was landing all of my jumps and my spins were good too.  So once we got the competition I was feeling really good and I was ready to win.  When we got to the front desk we turned in my music to the lady behind the counter, she told me I was going to go last out of all six girls.  I hate going last, I get more nervous going last because, all of my other competitors have all ready gone and their feeling good that it's over with, and I still have to go!  Finally, once I got my skates on, I went out to where I was going to be competing.  It wasn't a very big rink, I was really happy for that, I get really nervous competing with so many people in the stands.  Someone on the loudspeaker called my group to warm-up, I did all of my jumps and spins again.  My double flip and my double lutz (the two hardest jumps) felt a little shaky but at least I was landing them.  That was really all my mom (my coach) wanted me to do.  Just be able to land all of the jumps in competition.  After five minutes the warm-up ended.  When it was my friend's turn to go she had a great program except for two stumbles on both of her axels.  My other friend had an almost perfect program!  Then it was my turn to go, I stepped on the ice feeling a little nervous.  Once they called out my name I took my spot and waited for my music to begin.  To sum it up, I landed all of my jumps in the program.  I landed my double flip and double lutz, but they were so shaky and the landing just wasn't good.  Then I landed all of my other jumps pretty nicely and finished with my flying camel-back sit combination spin.  I gave a curtsy to the judges and skated off the ice.  I felt pretty good about my performance other than those two beginning jumps.  I thought I might get in the top three since I landed the double flip and double lutz!  But when the scores came up I was shocked.  They placed me 6 out of 7!  My friend who stumbled twice got fifth and my other friend who practically did a perfect program got third.  I was disappointed but I knew this was the first competition of the season and I was moving up to a new level.  My mom and I figured out that the judges would rather see clean, high, easier jumps in the program than seeing hard, OK, jumps.  So after we left, my dad took us all out for some lunch to a Lebanese restaurant and then we went home, played pool in our basement, and some Guitar Hero.  So all in all I had a really good and fun day, even though I placed 6.  I didn't really worry that much about it.  At least I landed all of my jumps in the program and that 's all my mom wanted me to do anyway!

Thanks
Alyssa :)

P.S My next solo competition is coming up sometime in April!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Competition!

I am competing this week on the 17th!  I am kind of nervous because this is my first program with all of the double jumps in it!  (Other than the double axel.)  I do feel confident though, because lately my jumps have been a lot better!  Sometimes I still two foot my double lutz, (The hardest double ever!!)  but like my mom said, "You don't need to get first in this competition, I don't care about that, I just care about that you go out there and try your best and  think confidently and just go for all of the doubles!"  She is absolutely right, and anyway if I think confidently then I probably will land them!  And by the way this competition doesn't  really mean a lot because, first off, I jumped up to a higher level of competition and this is the first competition of the year for me! I mean I would LOVE to get first, but  if I don't I won't be upset.  The competition that really matters is Regionals sometime in October.  Since this year, I will be competing in qualifying Regionals, this means if I win I will possibly be able to go to Junior Nationals!  Ahhh!!!!  This won't be easy though, there will be a whole bunch of really good competitors at Regionals and it will be hard  to win!  That means I'll have to work almost double or even triple of what I am doing now! Better get a good nights sleep now so I can work nice and hard in the morning!! :)


Thanks
Alyssa :)