My pairs partner and I have been tweaking our existing pairs program for the upcoming ISU competition in Nashville this October. We’ve opted to skate in the Adult Pairs event at the most basic level. We probably could have skated at the Intermediate Pairs level, but we have limited experience and even more limited practice time.
The requirements for the Adult Pairs event are different from what we have in the program, but only slightly. We only need to execute one lift (hooray!) and do not need to execute a side-by-side spin. In addition, the length of the program is shorter than our regular program by about 20 seconds.
The two of us finally found some time to practice during a morning freestyle session. Thankfully, most of the kids had gone to school for the day, so there were only a handful of people out on the ice with us. Surprisingly, the first runthrough of our program was pretty clean! We had a few minor issues here and there, but nothing so glaringly wrong that it would have been disastrous.
We practiced certain elements and sections a bit more and then ran the program one final time before the freestyle session ended. Lo and behold, the program was clean! We hit all of our elements, got a rotation in our lift, and even stayed in synch throughout most of the program. I had my friend N pull this down from Live Barn. Take a look!
We were both thrilled that both runthroughs were relatively clean, and nobody died in the process! That’s what we call a win!