I mentioned earlier this year that one of my goals for 2015 is to place in the top 4 at Sectionals. The top 4 ladies in my event will earn a spot in the Championship Gold event at Nationals in April. Well, Sectionals is fast approaching, and I have about 2 weeks to prepare for the big competition.
This year, there are 16 ladies vying for a top 4 placement. Ladies that place 5th and 6th will be the first and second alternates at Nationals. In the event that someone has to withdraw, an alternate will take her place.
I have been working on running my program on a daily basis and practicing my program in chunks. We altered my footwork slightly and revised one of my connecting elements near the end of the program. Since my spins did not count at my previous competition, we fixed it so they should receive their full value. I want to skate a clean program.
I also want to be able to prove to myself that I can do this. I can’t imagine how exhilarating it would be to represent my Section in my first attempt at the championship level. I would appreciate any words of wisdom, encouragement and high-fives you can spare!