Adult Nationals – Gold Ladies 2 Recap
A week and a day ago, something crazy happened. Yes, I was competing at Adult Nationals in Delaware, but an unexpected thing occurred. Check this out:
That’s right – I somehow ended up on the podium and earned the SILVER medal! I’ve never earned a medal at Adult Nationals, so this was such a surprise! And to do it at my home rink (I grew up in Delaware, and this was the exact rink where I learned how to skate) made it that much more special.
I wanted to skate well and to exude joy, and I think I accomplished both. The weeks leading up to Adult Nationals (AN), I was trying to find a word/phrase that could help me get into the proper mindset for the axels. In previous years, I used some phrases that were ineffective and didn’t provide me with the confidence I needed. This year, I found the phrase that finally worked: “I’m the boss!” And yes, I say it out loud.
Right before the first axel, I mumbled under my breath, “I’m the boss!” and I landed it. I took a huge breath before the second one, said the same phrase, and successfully landed that one as well.
In fact, I even did an impromptu fist bump after I landed that second axel and before heading into my final spin. My spins, however, were a different story. Normally, they are very consistent and very fast. However, they were slow and not awesome. I did, however, earn positive grades of execution for them so they weren’t terrible – just not as good as I am normally capable of.
I was dumfounded and in utter shock when I took my final bows. I stepped off the ice and listened for the announcer to share my score. When she said 29.30, I just about fell over. Not only did I top my personal best, but I was sitting in second place!
After the remaining skaters finished, we listened to hear the final skater’s score and it was lower than mine. Somehow, I had secured a spot on the podium! I started crying like a baby and said that I just wanted to make my mom proud. I had visited her gravesite a few days before the event and told her I was skating. I hope that she was in the stands watching and enjoyed my performance.
I’ll share the official photos and video soon.
This program was the best! An absolute joy to watch.
Thank you for being there to support me! 💛
Aw, your mom would have been proud whether you medaled or not. The fact that you keep trying is an accomplishment in itself.
Thanks, June! 🥰
Eva, it was so fun to read about your experiences. You are indeed the boss!
Saying “I’m the boss” instills confidence in myself so I’m not as scared of my elements. Try it sometime!
You did great Eva and u should be proud bc you’re in 2nd place! Yay!
Thanks, J! I am still in disbelief that this happened!