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    Chris, Hope you get back safe, with all your luggage! And tell us which performances you found mesmerisizing

    Doris, who is mostly happy with the results of this year's championships...

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    I am mostly happy too. I loved watching Polina, Wesley, Gracie, Mirai's short when she was fighting illness. I liked watching Keggan M. skating angry in his long. He's a fighter.
    I love Agnes and was lucky enough at FOFS breakfast to get a pic of her and I. I love Simon at Breakfast saying, "My Name is Simon Schnapier and I really can spin" and another skater calling out, jokingly, "No you cant!" I love watching the intermidiate ice dancers practicing (their programs were during the Mens free, unfortunately.I love the fantastic dresses the ladies wore and am buying some for my wife. (she will of course say I am buying them for ME.) I love JA's atristry in "Bring him Home" I was proud of my skating friends who, when one of them had a seizure right before Ladies awards next to the Kiss and Cry, they went to the hospial with him in the ambulance, stayed with him and did shifts all the next day with him. (His partner is in Africa and his family is in St Louis). I dont keep it much of a secret that I support Lynn and Logan in a few different ways and I love hearing the technical specialists say they have know Logan since he was a boy and say he is the nicest, most giving person ever, and Lynn just got her degree in Neuro-science and I am sure she will be an excellent research Doctor. I like supporting people like that no matter how they place. I was very impressed with the free of Chock and Bates and how far they have come in so little time.
    Chris who is hand carrying the camera with the pic of him in back of four your ladies at the breakfast including Mariah Bell.
    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    Chris, Hope you get back safe, with all your luggage! And tell us which performances you found mesmerisizing

    Doris, who is mostly happy with the results of this year's championships...

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    Hope your friend is OK. It's dreadful being seriously ill in a strange place. We had to take a friend of ours to the hospital in 1993-he had leukemia and had some kind of attack/seizure/bad spell right in the middle of the ladies' final. Too stressful, those US ladies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    Too stressful, those US ladies.
    LOL. They definitely raised my blood pressure. Good grief, I would probably pee my pants if I were out there. Truly admire these young girls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteChris View Post
    I am mostly happy too. I loved watching Polina, Wesley, Gracie, Mirai's short when she was fighting illness. I liked watching Keggan M. skating angry in his long. He's a fighter.
    I love Agnes and was lucky enough at FOFS breakfast to get a pic of her and I. I love Simon at Breakfast saying, "My Name is Simon Schnapier and I really can spin" and another skater calling out, jokingly, "No you cant!" I love watching the intermidiate ice dancers practicing (their programs were during the Mens free, unfortunately.I love the fantastic dresses the ladies wore and am buying some for my wife. (she will of course say I am buying them for ME.) I love JA's atristry in "Bring him Home" I was proud of my skating friends who, when one of them had a seizure right before Ladies awards next to the Kiss and Cry, they went to the hospial with him in the ambulance, stayed with him and did shifts all the next day with him. (His partner is in Africa and his family is in St Louis). I dont keep it much of a secret that I support Lynn and Logan in a few different ways and I love hearing the technical specialists say they have know Logan since he was a boy and say he is the nicest, most giving person ever, and Lynn just got her degree in Neuro-science and I am sure she will be an excellent research Doctor. I like supporting people like that no matter how they place. I was very impressed with the free of Chock and Bates and how far they have come in so little time.
    Chris who is hand carrying the camera with the pic of him in back of four your ladies at the breakfast including Mariah Bell.
    It's so great to get the little details about the competition that don't come through in a news report or a TV broadcast. I hope to hear more from you as you get home and get unpacked and rest up.

    I hope your friend recovers completely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteChris View Post
    I am mostly happy too. I loved watching Polina, Wesley, Gracie, Mirai's short when she was fighting illness. I liked watching Keggan M. skating angry in his long. He's a fighter.
    I love Agnes and was lucky enough at FOFS breakfast to get a pic of her and I. I love Simon at Breakfast saying, "My Name is Simon Schnapier and I really can spin" and another skater calling out, jokingly, "No you cant!" I love watching the intermidiate ice dancers practicing (their programs were during the Mens free, unfortunately.I love the fantastic dresses the ladies wore and am buying some for my wife. (she will of course say I am buying them for ME.) I love JA's atristry in "Bring him Home" I was proud of my skating friends who, when one of them had a seizure right before Ladies awards next to the Kiss and Cry, they went to the hospial with him in the ambulance, stayed with him and did shifts all the next day with him. (His partner is in Africa and his family is in St Louis). I dont keep it much of a secret that I support Lynn and Logan in a few different ways and I love hearing the technical specialists say they have know Logan since he was a boy and say he is the nicest, most giving person ever, and Lynn just got her degree in Neuro-science and I am sure she will be an excellent research Doctor. I like supporting people like that no matter how they place. I was very impressed with the free of Chock and Bates and how far they have come in so little time.
    Chris who is hand carrying the camera with the pic of him in back of four your ladies at the breakfast including Mariah Bell.
    Thanks for sharing some "outside ice rink" stuff. Hope to hear from Boston next year

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    Some impressions and thoughts.

    We had an amazing time at Nats. It was a dream come true for my mom and I to attend one together and it was a wonderful break for her in the midst of my dad's illness. Some family members took turns helping him out so she could be away.

    We were at the men's short, all the sessions on Saturday and the men's free yesterday. General thoughts on each:

    *Men's short: Our favorite programs were Jeremy, Jonathan Cassar, and one very early one I can't remember right now. Jeremy was definitely a step above for the night. We got to know our section a bit at the short. Two rows in front (in the front row) were two crazy kids, a boy and girl who are novice and intermediate skaters respectively but barely missed making nationals themselves. They train with Max Aaron and were more than excited for him all weekend. They jumped up and down, blew noise makers and threw stuff to almost every single skater. The couple next to us are also in the midst of a family health crisis caring for her parents who are both terminal and had also had to arrange care giving assistance in order to be at Nats. My mother and she kind of bonded and at the end of the session yesterday, she gave us each a bookmark she had made. It was very kind. The biggest cheer of the night was not for a program but for Grant Hochstein putting on a "corn head" in the Kiss and Cry. Way to work a Nebraska crowd! Seeing that it worked brilliantly, he brought it back for the free skate. I assume it was thrown to him, but we didn't see it thrown, so who knows.

    *Pairs Free Skate: We enjoyed this very much. Pairs is amazing live. It really is such an athletically demanding discipline and it is sad that the skaters don't get more attention or credit for that. I wished the crowd had been bigger for that.

    *Free Dance: We are not dance fans. We skipped the low groups in favor of grabbing a cheaper lunch outside the arena. We watched the last two groups. My favorites, because I am totally uneducated about the technical end of it, were the ones who skated to the Michael Jackson music. That was the most entertaining. Our friends in our row were clearly into ice dancing as they explained to us exactly why Meryl and Charlie should have won the Olympics.

    Ladies Free: This was amazing to watch. Some of the lower group skaters (who are not even named Gracie Gold) have a lot of potential. We enjoyed Angela Wang, Kiri Baga (though I hope she sticks with pairs if she can't continue to do both...because we have lots of ladies, we need good pairs!), and a few others I can't remember. We thought Caroline Zhang was lovely and while slow, not as slow live as I had been led to believe--she got a very positive response from the crowd especially for her spiral/choreo sequence. Gracie brought down the house. Her jumps are huge; a combo was right in front of our section and absolutely amazing. I am not enamored with everything else and especially not her music and choreo. I was not into Courtney Hicks at all. She doesn't grab my attention. My mind even wandered while she skated live in front of me. Agnes seems out of control fast to me, but it also seemed like her energy really lagged in the latter part of her program. She was out of gas. Ashley takes command of the ice. Ashley even takes command of the warm-up. She has this look like "this is my ice and they are just on it for a minute". That command translates into a kind of artistry that is uniquely hers and I think fairly puts her a step above Gracie for now. I did have to explain the math to our friend in our row who couldn't seem to comprehend that the short had counted. She seemed like she thought the points determine placement only and don't carry over. I don't know how as they were announcing free skate scores and total scores. Now, Mirai...I was gutted for her. She gave everything she had in spite of illness. And the crowd loved her. Everyone in our section wished she had and felt she should have been in third of fourth place. That included young skaters, some skating parents, a couple of coaches and the daughter of a world judge as well as our row of just fans. We stayed for the whole medal ceremony and the two rows in front of us had cleared out, so my mom and I went down and high fived all the medalists thus indulging our inner 12 year old fan girls. It was pretty awesome. Poor Ashley was trying to carry her flowers, the pin, and the trophy, and high five and shake hands with fans. A bit much for two hands!

    *Men's free: This ended up being my favorite event except the outcome. We loved so many programs and were so glad to see some guys who let less than happy from the short pull up a bit. We really enjoyed Stephen Carriere, and loved Wesley Campbell's beautiful "Ave Maria" which he clearly felt every note of to pull himself out of last place. Alex Johnson as several people have said was wonderful--amazing music and choreo. Grant Hochstein made the crowd love him again with the cornhead in the kiss and cry. Whoever did the Irish dance music was great, too. We adored Adam and wanted him to stay on the podium. He did the Rippon lutz right in front of us in the warm up and the performance. Max Aaron was fantastic with the jumps but I did not like his choreo or music cuts. And Jeremy...that broke my heart. I was worried about him both in the group warm up and his own. He skated slower than he did warming up Friday. In the group warm up, he only did doubles and kept going back to talk to Jason and Yuka. Basically did the same in his own. But I LOVE that program. Every bit of it. That brings us to my favorite thing of the weekend....we learned that Jeremy is funny. I think the media has really missed it by not letting us know this. During the warm up on Friday night, he landed a big jump in front of our section and the kids in front of us screamed their approval. He skated by them and wiped his hand across his forehead in the "relief" gesture. We again watched the whole medal ceremony from the front row because it had cleared out and waited for the victory lap. Jeremy actually stopped and talked to us. I told him how much I love his free skate choreo and music and my mom told him how much she really wanted him to win. He said this, out loud, nodding to Max "He just wanted it more today" then he smirked a little and whispered to us "that's not true, I wanted it" pointing to himself. He is awesome. And my mom who is going through so much stress and worry right now was so excited about that. It made her whole weekend. And it was sweet for him to take that moment and be so gracious when he clearly had not had the best afternoon of his life.

    That's my general report of Nationals. It was wonderful to be there and next year when I watch on television, I will feel bad that we aren't there live!

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    What a lovely report. Thanks so much for describing all the little moments with the skaters. It's easy to forget that these kids are working their hearts out all year--and for many years before this one--to do well in this sport, and then not only do judges mark them down, but fans start dismissing those who haven't done well. The human element is one of the things that makes skating special to me, and it's always so great of fans who get to go in person to an event to share their experience with those of us at home. The other lovely aspect of seeing an event in an arena is that one's seatmates often have expertise to convey, as your row friends did about Davis and White. I usually know the least about skating in any group I'm in (except for certain elements of the history, and maybe the music), so I always benefit from a conversation with other skate fans--including the ones on GS! But live is even better.

    I'm sorry to hear about your mom and dad. I took care of my mother for some years, and even though one treasures every moment with the loved one, it is good to go to something special for a respite. How splendid that your mom's time off could be at Nationals.

    Jeremy was wonderful to take a moment to be gracious with you and your mom, but I'm sure that your comments boosted him as well. You never know what can help make a difficult experience a little easier for someone. As you can imagine, I'm especially jealous of you over that!

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    Thanks so much for the repost, louisa05.

    And also Chris, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by louisa05 View Post
    Two rows in front (in the front row) were two crazy kids, a boy and girl who are novice and intermediate skaters respectively but barely missed making nationals themselves. They train with Max Aaron and were more than excited for him all weekend. They jumped up and down, blew noise makers and threw stuff to almost every single skater.
    I know this thread is old but...

    I think this was in my section! What section were you in? I sat with two kids and their mom for the first two events that cheered for everyone and were in general, crazy. They were super friendly though and fun to sit with!

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