I talked for a long time with my coach after I stepped off the kiss-and-cry podium. With tears in my eyes I listened to his words. He once again reminded me that I was still the same Eliot. Nothing had changed, no matter how good or bad I had skated. He told me to feel the pain I was experiencing. Truly feel it. When training for the next season I could remind myself of this pain, and use it as motivation to make me work even harder.
The rest of the week passed quickly as I watched Team USA collect numerous deserved medals. I felt so honored to be apart of this prestigious and talented group of athletes! I definitely want to compete at Junior Worlds again, except next time I will be more mentally prepared. Watch out!