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Adult Nationals – Gold Ladies 2 Recap

2022 Adult Nationals

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:

2022 Adult Nationals

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.

2022 Adult Nationals

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.

2022 Adult Nationals

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.

2022 Adult Nationals

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!

2022 Adult Nationals

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.

8 Comments

  1. K
    April 15, 2022 / 7:40 pm

    This program was the best! An absolute joy to watch.

    • evabakes
      Author
      April 15, 2022 / 8:16 pm

      Thank you for being there to support me! 💛

  2. June
    April 16, 2022 / 5:13 pm

    Aw, your mom would have been proud whether you medaled or not. The fact that you keep trying is an accomplishment in itself.

    • evabakes
      Author
      April 17, 2022 / 1:07 pm

      Thanks, June! 🥰

  3. April 17, 2022 / 7:47 am

    Eva, it was so fun to read about your experiences. You are indeed the boss!

    • evabakes
      Author
      April 17, 2022 / 1:08 pm

      Saying “I’m the boss” instills confidence in myself so I’m not as scared of my elements. Try it sometime!

  4. J
    April 20, 2022 / 1:55 pm

    You did great Eva and u should be proud bc you’re in 2nd place! Yay!

    • evabakes
      Author
      April 20, 2022 / 2:59 pm

      Thanks, J! I am still in disbelief that this happened!

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