It is going to be long, but I have to gush, at a venue where people will understand high high I am feeling!!!
First of, this is my first Nationals, and I have been planning this trip for as long as it has been announced that it will take place in STL (where I grew up and have most of my family). I am going to all the senior events but I am trying to spend some time with my family as well (translation - no sleep whatsover). We got 2 passes though so my mom and occasionally my grandmas get to go with me.
Today was the most amazing, brilliant day!
First of, I hooked up with lovely Golden Skate folks first thing there, we had a group shot taken by some members and by State Farm (major sponsor) too. State farm gave us an access code where we can retrieve a photo on-line. I am sure somebody will post it later. If not, I will as soon as I get home and sort through the photos that I had taken. It was great to meet Joe, Toni, Heather, Doris, Doggygirl and sk8addict and convert!
So then we headed for men's short program. We went up to our high seats, stayed there for the first flight and since the arena was half-full, have decided to move downstairs. Just so it happens that the section we picked is populated by the figure skaters, families and coaches (Sections 120 and 121, if anybody from STL is reading - go there!). So I scored some sightings and a few authographs. I also saw Randy Gardener outside. The competition went fantastic, Johhny Weir rocked the house and Matt Savoie had a wonderful performance. Ryan Bradley was amazing, so was Rohene, Mike Weiss surprised me, but all of this has been covered already...
I had dad's digital camera and it was a bit frustrating trying to figure out how it works (I am a bit behind on the times with gadgets). I only figured out that there's an option for taking photos when the subject is moving, but it was too late for today's events. But I will use it Fri and Sat! I ended up with some nice photos though.
Ladies were great too, especially the very different and refreshing Stephanie Rosenthal. I heard some grumblings that Emily should've been in 2rd and Bebe 2nd. It was very cute to see the replay of Ken G jumping for joy when she hit her last jump while they were sitting in the K&C. They all started laughing!