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Behind the scenes in SLC with Lynn and Logan

U.S. ice dancers thrilled to be at first senior B in North America

Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt hang out in Salt Lake City with Kriengkrairut's parents, Somsak (father) and Siriwan.
Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt hang out in Salt Lake City with Kriengkrairut's parents, Somsak (father) and Siriwan. (courtesy of Lynn Kriengkrairut)

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By Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt, special to icenetwork.com
(09/13/2012) - U.S. ice dancers Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt are competing at the 2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic. They are writing a blog for icenetwork.com.

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Adjustment at the first international of the year is a whole lot easier when it's in your home country. We had a whopping two-hour time change, and everything is still in English ... what a bonus.

The U.S. Figure Skating International Classic in Salt Lake City, Utah, is the first senior B competition in North America, and we're honored to be a part of it. We love Europe, but it's nice to stay in the same continent and have familiar surroundings. Plus, getting directions and ordering food doesn't end up turning into a game of charades.

An incredibly enthusiastic shuttle driver met us at the airport Tuesday night, and he opted to also be our tour guide. He showed us some beautiful parts of the city, but most of us were too tired and preoccupied with updating our social media statuses on our phones that we were only partially paying attention. The one piece of information salient enough to detach our attention from our phones was the location and size of the mall.

Today, we had quite a busy schedule, which consisted of one half-hour practice. Talk about adjustment on the first day -- 11 1/2 hours shorter than a typical day at home! At least we know we will have plenty of energy throughout the week.

Neither of us has been to Salt Lake City before, so it was exciting to skate in the facility that hosted the 2002 Olympics. We felt comfortable in the rink and had a fun first practice.

With spare time on our hands (a rarity in our lives these days), we took a trip downtown to scope out the mall. The weather was perfect, and the mountains in the distance made the outdoor mall that much better. We're lucky to have these opportunities to travel to such beautiful places because mountains are non-existent in Michigan.

As always, our brains are becoming clouded with thoughts of food, so it must be time for dinner. Stay tuned for more tomorrow.