Laney digs up the info from the JGP Belarus
10 members of Team USA in Minsk this week
|This is the first appearance in the JGP Series for Laney Diggs. (courtesy U.S. Figure Skating)|
I am here with my roommate and friend Anastasia [Cannuscio]. Today, I am sad to say, was the last day of the competition. All the ladies were finally able to watch the free dance, pairs long program and menʼs long program. Rachel [Tibbetts] and Collin [Brubaker] skated well enough to pull into second place. Anastasia and Colin [McManus] were really entertaining and had the best interpretation.
In the pairs long, Brynn [Carman] and AJ [Reiss] did really well and could have placed three places higher had one of their lifts been counted (they didnʼt get credit for one of them because of one rotation to many). The menʼs event was really awesome and the U.S. men both skated cleanly. Eliot Halverson pulled up to fifth place and brought the house down with his emotion. Alex [Zahradnicek] skated cleanly and was able to stay in seventh place. Team USA was the loudest at the events screaming for our teammates. We had American flags, clappers and used our voices to the fullest. I think that our voices will be lost tomorrow. We even got some of the members of other countries involved in the cheering.
With competition now over, we are now packing our bags and getting ready for the banquet. The party is disco-themed, and we are going to enjoy ourselves. Tomorrow everyone is leaving and will be saying goodbye to a fun experience and a nice country. Everything about this event was great, and the U.S. team was well taken care of by our team leader and doctor. So with a heavy heart we say goodbye to Belarus at the end of a memorable experience.
Friday, Sept. 25
Hello everyone! I am here with Kristiene [Gong] and here is today's blog tomorrow (ha ha it is 12:50 a.m.).
Today was the ladies long program, men's short program and the original dance. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see the events today but Kristiene was able to watch the OD and Eliot Halverson and Alex Zahradnicek. Anastasia [Cannuscio] and Colin [McManus] placed sixth while Rachel [Tibbetts] and Collin [Brubaker] are currently in third going into the free dance tomorrow. Alex and Eliot are seventh and eighth, respectively, going into the long program but are within seven points of earning a medeal. I was screaming my head off from the stands for Kristiene.
In the down time of the day, Eliot and I had a scary experience at the hotel. While coming down from breakfast, Eliot and I got into the elevator only to find out that it was stuck going in between different floors. We decided to get off on the next level -- no matter where it was -- only the elevator doors wouldn't open. Once they finally did, we were both in shock and frightened (well, more me than Eliot).
Tomorrow is the free dance, men's long program and pairs long program. Kristiene and I will be watching all the events screaming for the U.S. competitors and relaxing. So far, the U.S. has had a pretty good event with Kristiene's placement and the ice dancers doing so well. But now we are both tired so we will blog again tomorrow! Good night!
Thursday, Sept. 24
Wednesday, Sept. 23
USA, USA, USA!!!
As if that weren't enough an unidentified member of Team USA opened the ladies locker room door too fast and smashed fellow American, Frank Carroll, in the face. We'll keep you updated on the condition of his nose.Poor Frank!
The events start tomorrow for everyone except the men. Best of luck to all the competitors!Team USA says "LIVE YOUR LIFE!"
Tuesday, Sept. 22
Hello everyone from Minsk, Belarus!