Skating Fridays

Adult Sectionals, Part 2

Last week, I shared that I bombed my two events. I was hoping for redemption in my open Gold freestyle event. I was the first of 6 skaters to take the ice. I had a pretty good warmup and even attended practice ice at another nearby rink the previous day. I was feeling pretty good.

Thankfully, I did not get flipped around during this performance but again, my body just did not cooperate. My mind told it one thing, and my body executed something different. I could not hit my spins – any of them – and I could not land or rotate my jumps. It felt like one of the worst performances I’ve done to date. I was very disappointed in myself.

As a result, I ended up 5th out of 6. It was not a good weekend.

But, I am happy for those that did well and met their goals. So many people made their dreams come true that weekend, and I am truly ecstatic for them. It just wasn’t my time, and I am at peace with that. Things happen for a reason, and that particular weekend was just not my time.

This minor setback gives me fuel to want to continue to improve. Again, no excuses. Just hard work ahead. And maybe some chicken throwing for fun.


  1. Wynne
    March 22, 2019 / 8:02 pm

    Having an “off” weekend in no way diminishes your awesomeness, Eva! Your writing graciously about it makes it easier for others like me to take these kind of risks. Thank you.

    • evabakes
      March 22, 2019 / 8:57 pm

      You are too kind, Wynne. Everyone has bad days and I certainly had mine. I’m grateful for all the learnings I got from these failures. Champions learn how to get up and overcome!

  2. March 22, 2019 / 10:58 pm

    It’s easy to want to skate (and write about it) when things go well, but it takes real strength to move ahead when you are down in the dumps. Wynne is right that your awesomeness shines through this post. Thanks for sharing this, Eva, it is inspiring to hear how you cope with disappointment. I am wishing you all kinds of better skating days ahead and looking forward to hearing how things improve.

    • evabakes
      March 23, 2019 / 11:34 am

      Thanks for your friendship and constant encouragement, Jo. I firmly believe that champions emerge from bad times. It gives them fuel to overcome the bad stuff. Scott Hamilton had every reason to finish last but wouldn’t let any obstacles get in his way. I’m using his strength as a beacon and what I am working towards. Thanks for coming on my journey with me!

  3. March 25, 2019 / 8:22 pm

    I’m sorry this didn’t work out for you the way that you wanted. In the other event it just seemed that you were off the ice for way too long due to how the event was run and were too cold. Maybe having that difficult experience made it harder for you in the next event, too. You seem to be handling the disappointment really well.

    • evabakes
      March 26, 2019 / 7:18 am

      Failure is the greatest teacher of all. I can learn from this experience and become an even stronger skater. Yes it was disappointing but I am still grateful to have failed.

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