2011 US Nationals: Day 2 (Friday)

2011 US Nationals: Day 2 (Friday)

After a good night’s sleep (thanks Nyquil!) I woke up feeling . . . well, not a whole lot better. Ugh. So I decided to skip the Short Dance and sleep some more so I could push through for the Men’s Short Program and the Michelle Kwan Hall of Fame induction. I was NOT going to miss that! So I didn’t really rally until about 2:00 pm. This was not the way I intended to spend this California vacation, I can tell you. I was looking forward to getting to work out, do lots of interviews, enjoy San Jose, etc. But now I’m in triage mode just trying to get better.The one thing I did have to do though in the morning was pick up my Hall of Fame ticket at the Fairmont. And guess who I ran into there:

Finally after sleeping most of the morning, I felt better by the Men’s event! But when I get sick my voice is always the last to recover, so I still sound like Brenda Vaccaro with a bad smoking habit. No interviews for me yet! But I did get to enjoy all the men. I was sitting with my good buddy Doug Mattis and his partner Terence:

And just a few seats away were Emily Hughes and Tenley Albright’s daughter, choreographer Erin:

A few images from the Men’s SP itself: Jason Brown (who I adore as a person since I skate with him occasionally in Chicago . . . he’s a great kid!) getting his scores while Jeremy Abbott takes the ice underneath:

And Jeremy with Yuka Sato and Jason Dunjen getting his monster SP score!

Then it was time for the Michelle Kwan Hall of Fame Induction! I headed over to the Fairmont Hotel with a friend from FSU, “peibeck”:

. . . and there was an embarrassment of riches there as far as famous skating people. Frank Carroll indulged a young fan with a photo:

Doug Wilson of ABC with Peggy Fleming:

Tom Collins of Champions on Ice:

Charlie Tickner and Karen Kwan with some young fans:




Allison Scott, Leah Adams, Allen Scott and myself:



And then there was the induction itself:

Wait . . . who is this obscure skater I’m with?

And after much patience, we got a picture of “peibeck” with Miss Kwan as well:

About the Author
Yup, I’m a skating fan. But I’m a skater too. When I’m not working on my 4th Figure Test (just passed #3!), I’m trying to consistently land through double flip. I compete nearly every year in the U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships, and am always thrilled to see my other skating buddies there. My supportive husband loves that his wife is fit, flexible and wears a lot of spandex. You see . . . everyone wins. In my real life I run a brand strategy firm called Rogue Element, where I get to make other companies look good.

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