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    Men's SP practice tidbits (warning, pack a cigarette)

    Well, the last thing I came prepared for was misty rain. Good thing I grabbed the newspaper from the front of my door on the way out – saved my program from getting wet. J I arrived during Zamboni time right before Men’s practice. ABC is now camped to my right (where Porny Peter was the other night) and LOL – the NBC Oly crew is to my left. I caught the ABC guy in a yawn and said – HEY this ain’t so bad is it? He laughed. At that moment I saw someone with a coffee cup. I hadn’t seen any of the snack bars open on my way in. I asked ABC guy if he knew where the coffee was coming from. He said “just a minute” and talked into his little Secret Service looking microphone, and came back with “section 123 stand is open.” J While ABC guy (this one) was FAR from porny, I sure liked him.

    Men’s Group A: Weir gets the overall nicest men’s practice getup award. Black pants (tights!) and black shirt. I only noticed the shirt detail up close – it had some cut outs in it where it had a black sheer fabric instead of full black fabric. Very stylish. Maybe on the subtle side for Johnny….but still so Johnny. Johnny’s jumps looked awesome – a few step outs here and there, but many nice 3A’s, 3/3’s. A cool 3/2tano/2tano, and later a 3/3/2tano. I assume the starting 3’s are 3Z’s, but don’t count on me for teknik. He didn’t do many elements during his music. Nice SL FW, nice final spin.

    Jahnke did almost a full run through in “jump lite” mode (i.e. doubles that looked intentional). Jumps hit and miss in early practice – some nice loops (and maybe sals?) towards the end, including a 3/3 and 3/3/2 all edge jumps.

    Smith – Did what looked like all his elements except jumps during his music. He is very pleasant to watch. He just seemed to struggle with jumps throughout the practice – rather hit and miss.

    Wilson. I really enjoyed watching this guy. He’s got more of what I would call a powerful style. He’s a bit sloppy and doesn’t seem up to the other guys, but he’s just an interesting contrast to the smore smooth and subtle skating. Steenburg was no show.

    Group B NBC Oly video guy comes over to where me and two other ladies I met yesterday were sitting. These other two ladies are mother and daughter, and try to go to Nationals every year. So they tend to recognize most of the skaters, and they “know the drill.” We became consultants to NBC guy at this stage. J They were obviously looking to get some practice clips of specific (top) skaters, and they had no idea who was who. In this group, he was looking for Goebel, who we pointed out and Weiss, who wasn’t there. My 2 friends mentioned that Mike usually doesn’t come to the SP practice early in the week. He came back to us for skater ID’s the rest of the men’s and ladies groups. MAN could we have toyed with that one!!! We should have told him that Rohene was Weiss – maybe Rohene would get some air time, but more on that later!!

    [color=red]*[/color][color=red]*[/color][color=red]*[/color][color=red]*[/color]. This Dang Keyboard. Just lost a bunch of typing. Gotta save more often.

    Goebel. He looked really good. He was up first, and did his run through sans jumps. His spins, FW, etc. looked really good to me. Much better than my impressions from previous seasons – of course from TV. Later when he was warmed up, his jumps looked very good. Lots of 3A’s, 3/3’s, and for sure 1 4/3, and I suspect other 4’s. I was a bit distracted – will get to that in a minute. I hope he skates this relaxed and happy in his programs.

    Phan – I feel guilty that I didn’t pay much attention to him. He was working very hard out there, I think.

    Rohene. OH MY. I’ve heard all the talk, and only seen him on one internet video download that was sort of scratchy. YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS GUY!!! First the skating stuff, then the porny stuff. J I am so glad I saw this practice because this guy has so many moves there is no way he could fit them all into 2 programs. During the 6 minute warmup before Goebel’s music kicked off the programs, Rohene was doing spirals out there that IMO were better than all the ladies I saw later with the exception of Sasha. Including a Charlotte. Fast, deep edges, held positions for ages. He did a catch foot (just behind him – not B-man attempt thank goodness), than short FW on one foot, then up to a tripple. That isn’t even the FW he did in his run through. OK – highlights from run through. He does 2 full illusions during his SL FW. He does the SPLITS (yep) during his circular FW before the final spin. He does a position that must have a name, it’s like a spread eagle, but with a very deep knee bend. He bends WAY far backward, and holds it for a good while. Then up and maybe a step then into a jump. His final spin is interesting. He has so many out of the ordinary moves. I’m with many others complaining about the lack of a good scratch spin. So guess what his final spin position is. J He does amazing spread eagles. Someone who knows more than me should comment, but I’m guessing they rival Boitano’s. It is so sad that his jumps are so inconsistent. When they are good, they look HUGE. But sadly, many step outs, hand downs, etc. Only one hard fall that I saw, but it looked hard. That was towards the very end of practice. I’m praying this guy stays on his feet enough to make the cut for TV. This is a skater I could watch for days without him ever doing more than a double jump. (hmmm….maybe there should be a Rohene Rule excusing one from triples if they have THIS much cool “other stuff. He got the biggest applause of all the men in practice, (all groups) with Tim in a close second for that. Now for a quick Porny. If the spanking line gets too long waiting for Ben, get in Rohene’s line. J

    The rest of this group were no shows.

    Group C Of course after Rohene, I had to go smoke a cigarette. So I missed part of group C. Lysacek looks in very good form. He did a full run through inc. all the jumps, and was speaky clean from what I could tell. (of course we identified him and Savoie for NBC guy.) Savoie – I really like his skating and his style. But seeing him and Evan on the ice at the same time, Lysacek just seems to have a little more of most things. A little more speed, a little more flair, a little more jump security, etc. I still like Matt though.

    La Roach (sp) does an AWESOME hydroblade. Long and low. Pennington did a full run through – only a couple minor bobbles that I noticed. He’s OK – nothing wrong with his skating, but just nothing that really stands out for me. I missed Bradley and Delmores music, but no stand outs there either.

    A couple final voids – Matt’s coaches were sitting right in front of me so got to wish Matt good luck when he was retrieving his jacket after practice. I also passed Wilson in the hallway as he was leaving and got to wish him luck as well.

    I am so GLAD I got to see this!! I will save this and post it, and do ladies in a separate thread.

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    These two practice reports win the GS Post of the Year prize! Thanks for all the personal impressions.

    Keep going! The USFS web site is down, and you are our only hope, LOL!

    MM

    PS. I assume that you are composing in a word processing application and then copying and pasting into GS. Is it OK if I put your posts into a bigger font? The young-uns on the board won't care, but I'm doing my pirate imitation squinting t the the monitor. (Also, whatever you are doing, you tricked the supposedly foolproof built-in GS censor that automatically makes words like s**t appear as ****, LOL.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doggygirl
    [SIZE=2][FONT=Times New Roman]He does a position that must have a name, it’s like a spread eagle, but with a very deep knee bend. He bends WAY far backward, and holds it for a good while. Then up and maybe a step then into a jump.
    That's a cantilever. Ilia Klimkin does one, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doggygirl
    [SIZE=2][FONT=Times New Roman]Group C Of course after Rohene, I had to go smoke a cigarette. So I missed part of group C. [FONT=Times New Roman][
    OMG I did that thing with water all over my screen AGAIN!!!! You crack me up!

    Seriously, these practice reports are awesome, thanks soooo much. I do wish I could be there, but these reports do make me feel like I'm right there! I'm so glad you saw Rohene and all his splendor. I've read so much about this guy, but have never seen him live (I do hope I have the opportunity some day). I too hope he makes the cut for TV. Enjoy!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman
    These two practice reports win the GS Post of the Year prize! Thanks for all the personal impressions.

    Keep going! The USFS web site is down, and you are our only hope, LOL!

    MM

    PS. I assume that you are composing in a word processing application and then copying and pasting into GS. Is it OK if I put your posts into a bigger font? The young-uns on the board won't care, but I'm doing my pirate imitation squinting t the the monitor. (Also, whatever you are doing, you tricked the supposedly foolproof built-in GS censor that automatically makes words like s**t appear as ****, LOL.)
    MM - I'm only back real quick, then off to grab a bite and back to the arena. Yes I'm typing first in word because of this s**t keyboard I love so much. Feel free to change the fonts and also edit anything you think might not be appropriate for GS. MAN this is cool!

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    Random Afternoon Tidbits...

    And BTW Piel, you inspired something in here. You will know.

    Copied from my post at FSU:

    Well, after considering this long and hard, during my walk back to the Hyatt after the Yankee Polka fest in the drizzle, I decided to blow off the Jr. Men’s FS. I know that’s crazy, but I need to warm up with some wine and some food that is more “real” than a giant soft pretzel. (sorry boys) I’m try to get a second wind for the OD.

    A few random comments, and I’m not sure they belong here. But since my other random comments are here, I’ll put ‘em here and admins, please move them or let me know if I should post them somewhere else.

    The arena is really gearing up now that the Sr. events are underway. Vendor booths popping up everywhere (I can’t believe a basic dress with a few sparklies starts at $350. Skating parents have my sympathies, and I’m absolutely in the wrong business!). Lots more people are in the arena for the events (Sr. CD). LOTS more cameras are all over the place. The ABC guys were talking about the AP guys, and other news guys/gals.

    I’m giving <eville> Skycam a new name. That annoying thing really looks like a techno naked Darth Vader. The top of it looks like the Darth Vader helmet. The bottom part looks like techno parts that should be covered by a cape. And after watching that thing zoom around after Tanith in a way that seemed stalkish (is that a new word?) during their CD warmup group, the new name Dirty Darth is definitely my new name for that thing.

    Usually I’m full of snarky costume comments, and the Yankee Polka sure seemed to hold a lot of promise for that. These things are always somewhat a matter of personal taste, but the general theme is just so bad for me that it’s hard to distinguish a good one from a bad one – they are a variations of <bad> , at least for me. So I only have 4 costumes to comment about.

    Worst Yankee Polka Men’s Division Award: Bommentre (sp) – IMO worst of the bad. This was like taking a worn (nearly see through) old white dress shirt and ugly blue leisure pants out of the salvation army store, and adding a weak attempt at Polka foof on the front of the shirt. <yikes>

    Worst Yankee Polka Ladies Division Award: Matthews – It was OK as “doing the best one can with a Polka outfit” until she turned around. The main costume consisted of an orange skirt and yellow blouse. There was a big white bow on her butt, ala many wedding gowns. I can only think her costume designer was inspired at a wedding reception during the Beer Barrel Polka.

    The best costumes thankfully, looked little to nothing like Polka costumes!

    I think I’ll give first place to Pratt/Giles. I’m not sure it was intended this way, but I sure hope so. Her dress was white, straight down the front, with an insert of red lace on the backside. (nothing resembling a polka skirt). The dress had HUGE RED POLKA DOTS on it. If it was meant to be sort of a rebellion on polka dresses, it worked for me!! The obligatory trace of polka was a pair of silver suspenders on him. Loved it. <cool>

    Tanith and Ben rebelled (seemingly) against the traditional polka too, but not in a funny way…just a pretty way. He looked like a pirate in black pants, red sash, while billowy shirt. (model material for the cover of a Harlequin Romance Novel) She looked like a 50’s movie star in a white halter dress with a little netting under the skirt, and some red sparklies (small) all around. Nothing polka about it IMO, and congratulations for that!! <hot>

    I’m sure many of you have seen these costumes before….but I haven’t and maybe a few others haven’t. It was interesting to me....as the least interesting costume scrutiny I've ever tried to do.

    All that said, the Yankee Polka looks VERY hard to do. Certainly a dance that seems to separate the “men from the boys” so to speak.

    I think we should all get straws and napkins to make spit balls, and try to take out Dirty Darth before the competition gets too much further along. That would be a fun distraction during Zamboni breaks.

    OK – 1.5 hours before OD. I’m off to Houlihans for some food and drink, and OD’s after that if I follow my plan. If this is all getting too boring let me know. I’m sort of having fun chronicling this adventure. <40 beers>
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    at your polka outfit descriptions.

    Keep sending us reports.

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    Thanks Doggygirl!

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    FABULOUS reports, Doggygirl! I'll definitely be on the look-out for Rohene during the telecasts. It sounds as if Rohene may be the Lucinda Ruh among men -- great in spins, spirals, style & the rest....iffy in jumps??? I hope that he can put it together when it counts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doggygirl

    Worst Yankee Polka Ladies Division Award: Matthews –

    Did you not see the ugly thing Tiffany Stiegler was wearing. She might as well wear a banner saying "Since I can't outskate Tanith I'll try being sexier than she is!" Which she fails there too. She was like the Yankee Polka skank!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frau Muller
    It sounds as if Rohene may be the Lucinda Ruh among men -- great in spins, spirals, style & the rest....iffy in jumps??? I hope that he can put it together when it counts.
    His jumps are quite good in general. It's not technique or body type getting in the way a la Ruh.

    What he's not so good at is putting it together when it counts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman
    Is it OK if I put your posts into a bigger font? The young-uns on the board won't care, but I'm doing my pirate imitation squinting t the the monitor.
    It is a little small, now my screen is all fogged up from sitting too close. I'm a little cross eyed right now but I'll be OK.

    (Also, whatever you are doing, you tricked the supposedly foolproof built-in GS censor that automatically makes words like s**t appear as ****, LOL.)
    I think Doggygirl meant ..........shirt. Whatever, I loved it.

    Dee

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    Fill up your beverage and get ready for a long Men's practice report.

    ...or....abaondon this post right away. Here goes... Ladies will be next after I type it in Word. And LOL Toni, I don't know how I missed my written note re: Yankee Polka outfits that said "BELLY BUTTON? POLKA?" That was a least a tie IMO for the Beer Barrel Polka inspired white bow on the butt. And Dee, OF COURSE I meant "shirt."

    Here goes..

    made a tough decision last night to skip the OD because I REALLY wanted to make the start of the practice groups (7:30AM) this morning for Men’s and Ladies FS. I guess I now have a better understanding of the advice “you have to pace yourself at these events.” On one hand I regret missing it, but on the other hand I was wide awake and on time for practice.

    My first thought when I left the hotel was “thank goodness it’s not raining.” Then by my first smoke break during Zamboni, THE SUN WAS OUT!!!! Not sure if that affects the skaters, but it seems to affect the fans positively.

    Another very fun moment of the morning was meeting my first on-line skating pal in person. I can see how attending these events year after year can lead to some very fun reunions – like old home week. Toni (GS) I was keeping an eye out this AM for leopard, but didn’t see any. I’ll keep looking though.

    I’ve got a running joke now with some of the ticket / bag checkers on the way into the arena. A couple of them have been working the mornings all week. And of course I’m in and out more than once due to my nasty smoking habit. I carry this very little purse that can sling over my neck with ONLY what I need. Not much space for sneaking in food / drinks, or a video camera, etc. The first day when I opened my little purse I commented I couldn’t hide much in there. Jokingly, he said, well, you could hide caviar in there. I told him if I come across some caviar, I’ll share. So now every time I open my purse for these folks it’s “nope, no caviar today!”

    On to the real stuff. Men’s Group B was first up today. The general tone of this session seemed much more somber than yesterday. At first I thought maybe it was just the time – 7:30 for a group that practiced at maybe 9 or so yesterday. But the generally more serious feel seemed to carry throughout all the practices. Is that typical? Is it because it’s the FS rather than SP? Is it because the real competition starts tomorrow, and maybe it feel more real, or there is more pressure, etc.? Just curious about opinions on this.

    Geobel – in general practice his jumps looked pretty smooth, much like yesterday. I’m not sure about quad attempts but I know others will report on that. During Tim’s run through though, he had some problems with some jumps (pops, etc.). Not such an easy going smile today.

    Phan – boy does this young man work hard!! I made a note as I was watching him that ALL these skaters seem to work hard. And all of them have something to be appreciated about their skating. I have to think there is a certain about of natural talent the exists in all these skaters – it just waits to be developed and worked on. But I’m thinking that the very top skaters may have a few more natural gifts than some of the others. (i.e. Weiss, Weir, Goebel,, Lysacek, etc.) BUT – I sure respect them all, and hope every one of them skates to their full potential, whatever that is, during the competition.

    I have a note by Rogers “nice 3/2/2” I’m beginning to understand the concern I’ve seen quite a bit that the problem with 3/2/2’s (or 3/3/2’s) is getting any flow out at the end. This lack of flow to me anyway, seems more evident live than I’ve noticed on TV/internet. However, it will be interesting to see if the way I perceive things on TV is different after seeing things live….. At any rate, I though Rogers did a nice one (better than the average I’ve seen, along with a couple other men).

    Vilareal was there and I made no special notes, but appreciate him too.

    Ward was MUCH more somber today. He wasn’t showing nearly as many of his unique tricks. He seemed to be focused (appropriately) on his jumps, and some movements back and forth with coach that I suspect were technique related for jump entries maybe? Like yesterday, he landed some nice ones that were VERY nice, but had problems as well including at least 1 fall that looked hard. He did do that glorious spiral in his FS run through, so again I sure hope he makes the TV cut to everyone gets to see what is great about this skater.

    Weiss was here today, which I really enjoyed. When I spotted him in the entry area before practice started, I pointed him out proactively to NBC guy. He asked about Jahnke, and I told him he would be in the last men’s group today if he shows. Mean time, to my untrained eye I think Mike had a good practice. I’m pretty sure he did at least 1 4/3 – I could tell by the 2ft landing on the 4. <smile> He seemed to do well in general with his triples. I did make a note that Mike is able to do edge changes in his spins without the spins slowing down. The edge change was barely noticeable in that regard. I’m pretty sure the spin I noted did have an edge change as he did it right in front of where I was sitting. Hope I’m right about that and not mis-reporting. Weiss worked the whole session and was last to leave the ice. He got nice applause (as did the other guys) from the VERY small crowd there at that hour.

    Group C:

    Bradley – I never thought I’d say I like a 70’s disco program, but I think this works really well on him. He hams it up ala John Travolta. His run through was next to last in this group, and by then there were more people in the arena. He got some bit “woo-hoos” from the ladies, and maybe some of the men too when he did this hip rotation thing at center ice. This wouldn’t work on everyone, and I have no idea how it will come off in the actual comp, but it sure worked today.

    Delmore – I really like his music too – on him. Several jazzy type cuts. The opening cut I would describe as sort of bluesy jazzy and for me anyway, he worked it. (to state the obvious, I can fit my musical knowledge into a thimble, and still have more than enough room left over for my teknik knowledge of figure skating. And probably my knowledge of cooking would still fit too.) I’m looking to the “full out” version of this program.

    La Roche – He is really growing on me. IMO, he has a very smooth flow over the ice, and great posture. He did not do jumps during his run through (run through lite) so I hope he skates this same way once the jumps are in the program too. Some skaters are exciting, if a bit sloppy at times. He seems more of a precision skater.

    Lysacek. It’s cool watching these groupings, because it’s getting easier to distinguish who is truly a cut above the rest, even though there is much to appreciate about all of them. Everything is just “more” with Lysacek than the rest of this group. Evan’s version of run through lite included the opening, the ending, some jumps, some spins, and SL FW. I am SO GLAD he changed music. Though a war horse, I think this is a better music choice to highlight his strengths. You can’t HELP yourself from starting to clap during the SL FW. Comparing to my COE spin note on Weiss, Evan’s final spin seemed to REALLY get slow by the end of it. Generally, he seemed to have a few more jump problems today than yesterday. Nerves? Don’t know. And of course you can’t see everything with many people on the ice. I saw him take 3 hard falls today – I didn’t notice any hard falls (I don’t think) yesterday. I hope this is like the driving range in gold where you get your bad shots out of the way before the actual game.

    Pennington – I suppose I noticed him the least of this group for today.

    Savoie – he seemed to struggle a bit more on the jumps today too IMO – or maybe I just saw mistakes that I didn’t see yesterday. That aside, he truly is a wonderful skater to watch. I love the way he interprets music. I still wish he had some one stand out thing that would move him from being (not sure if this is the right phrase) sort of a tier 2 skater to a tier 1 skater. But of course, this is to my untrained eye.

    Group A:

    NBC guy comes over for help identifying Jahnke. By this time my mother/daughter friends were there, and we were all expecting this. LOL, before NBC guy opened his mouth, we all pointed (unplanned) in unison. NBC guy then asks us (paraphrased) if the skaters wear better outfits during competition. In sequence we collectively said yes…but then qualified with “it depends on your taste.” <smile>

    Jahnke – I thought I caught a nice 3/3/2. Might have been a 3/2/2, but that was one of his better jumps on the day that I caught. He was really hit and miss with the jumps. Ryan is a nice skater, but I realized just how much music affects my overall impression of a program. I’ve already noted a couple of cases where the music is not necessarily to my taste, but it REALLY seemed to fit the skater, so it worked well for me. Well, cowboy is an example of music NOT to my taste (although I love the saying “save a pony, ride a cowboy”). I just can’t get with this music on him. I’m giving this report in the order of the printed grouping list, but Ryan actually skated after Johnny (they started with the 3rd or so skaters today). Johnny seemed distracted after his skate, and unintentionally (I think) caused Ryan to abort a move during Ryans run through. I think the aborted move was a jump, which I’m sure Ryan wanted to do as he was having problems anyway. That was at the opposite end of the rink. Ryan’s coach was sitting right in front of me. As Ryan was heading down toward our end for another jump, Johnny was in the way once again. Ryan’s coach yelled “JOHNNY!” in time for Johnny to move this time.

    Smith – I love his flow. My big special note for him is a gorgeous spread eagle. I love those when they are well done – deep edges and held long. I hate when people do a spread eagle that you miss if you blink. Why bother?

    Steenburg – My special note for him is that he does nice low sit spins (at least in this practice) that would make Unlcle Dick proud.

    Weir – He is just so smooth and fast and fun to watch. He struggled IMO a bit more on his jumps today too. When his music started, he popped his opening jump. He shook his head and took some time to re-group. I think this threw him quite a bit. His spins are wonderful – once again no noticeable change in speed (at least not to me) when he changes edge. He did both his circular and SL FW which I thought looked great. I’m still not sure I love this music for him. I wish I had seen Otonal live to have that basis for comparison. It’s not that this music is horrid….I guess it’s just that every program cannot be “that extra special something” and I find myself wishing he had done this program last year, and Otonal this year, hind sight being 20/20 and all. But like all things music, I’m sure much of that is just personal taste.

    I got mightily irritated with another media person. This guy carrying a medium size video camera (medium IMO for media cameras – not home video cameras) walked over to the ABC people to my left. Instead of just sitting down in an empty seat (that whole row was empty) or walking down into their area on the floor, he just stood right there in front of us blocking our view. After he rudely stood there for maybe 30 seconds that feels like an eternity when you’re pissed, I tapped him and asked him to sit down. He gave me a “look” and went over to chat with the NBC folks. I don’t care how important you think you are, rude is rude. I found out later that he had been rude like this to others, and his excuse apparently (this is speculation that it’s the same person) is that he is getting video for the Ice Diaries series.

    OK – on to Wilson. I really just like my sense of this guy more and more. He was among the last on the ice again today, along with Jahnke. During Wilson’s run through, he did a nice 3/3 to open, but then like so many others had some jump trouble after that. He does a HUGE gorgeous spread eagle right before his final spin. It was funny – Ryan and Jordan were both doing some final things when they called for the end of practice. Ryan happened to be in center ice, and Wilson happened to be practicing his final spread eagle. (or maybe it was planned, but didn’t seem that way to me). Jordan ended up doing that giant spread eagle circling around Ryan, and they were both grinning at each other. Then they took turns doing final bows. It was just one of those Kodak moments.

    Mean time, the media cameras (and people) are arriving in full force as ladies are next. I will post ladies separately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doggygirl
    I made a tough decision last night to skip the OD because I REALLY wanted to make the start of the practice groups (7:30AM) this morning for Men’s and Ladies FS. I guess I now have a better understanding of the advice “you have to pace yourself at these events.” On one hand I regret missing it, but on the other hand I was wide awake and on time for practice.
    Absolutely the right choice, Doggygirl. We can see the performancs any old time, but your practice reports are solid GOLD!

    MM

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    Thanks, DG!

    I'm really enjoying your reports! Loved the bit on Jordan and Ryan - since I'm not going to see our local boy on the tee-vee, it's nice to know he's making an impression during the practice sessions.
    I am soooooooo incredibly jealous that you're there and I'm not! Keep those reports coming!
    Go Jordan!
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