Fun in the Sun: Zawadzki lives it up at Idaho resort
Two-time U.S. bronze medalist indulges in decadent food, entertains fans
|The outdoor ice skating rink at Sun Valley, site of the resort's famous summer shows. (Agnes Zawadzki)|
Friday, July 26
Ahhh, today is the day I'm traveling to Sun Valley! Before I actually step on the plane, I have a training day ahead of me. It'll be hard for me to contain my excitement since it's my first time ever going and doing the show, but I have a job to do.
It's 11:40 p.m., and I have finally arrived to my hotel room. Can I just mention how small the airport is in Sun Valley? I thought Colorado Springs, Colo., was small, but it looks like O'Hare compared to the one in Sun Valley. Baggage claim consists of one wall with three steel doors. I thought it was the funniest thing ever.
When we pulled up to the hotel, there were four Bugattis and a Bentley sitting in the driveway. NBD. I, being the tourist that I am, just had to take pictures. I went to bed dreaming about Bugattis and Bentleys.
Saturday, July 27
I have a full day of fun activities planned ahead, but before I can get on with it, I need some breakfast. With so many choices, it was hard for me to decide. After much consideration, I decided on Konditorei. Now with a breakfast place in mind, I have to get ready for the day.
You know it's going to be a great day when you turn on the TV and there is a Harry Potter marathon on ABC Family. (I may just have to stay in my room all day. :p)
Upon walking into Konditorei, there is a cute Austrian/German vibe, which I loved! I guess it's the European in me. ;)
I had the steel-cut oatmeal with gingersnap-pecan crumble and the seasonal fresh fruit bowl. It took some major discipline for me to resist the Nutella crepes. (I had them the next day ... guess I have to work on self control.) Both were scrumptious. Let's just say I ate there for breakfast and lunch the next day.
After fueling up, I decided to rent a bike and explore the Sun Valley Resort before my 12:25 p.m. practice. One person I was really excited to see was Ryan Bradley! I loved training with him in Colorado Springs. He always made practice a fun time.
My original plan was to go horseback riding after my practice, but after much consideration, I thought that my legs would be like jelly, so I nixed that idea.
I'm a big foodie if you haven't noticed by now and am always up for eating. (Don't even get me started on the subject of desserts/sweets.) I strolled past the Chocolate Foundry after lunch, and I just had to stop and peek inside. As soon as I opened the door, my nose was greeted by the sweet aroma of candy, chocolate and fudge goodness. My mouth started watering. It took me a while to decide, but I ended up getting the dark chocolate truffle.
It was now 3:30 p.m., and I had hours to spare since I didn't have to be at the rink until 8 p.m. This is when I decided to take my orange Bugatti for a joy ride to Ketchum ... just kidding. My "hot" ride was a bike.
Ketchum is about a mile from Sun Valley, so it was a short ride. I loved being in the sun, with the mountains as my view. I was going to catch the gondola before 4 p.m., but I lost track of time while exploring and missed the cut-off time for the last ride. After that, I decided to go back to the hotel to rest and get ready for the show (yay!).
While getting ready, I watched Harry Potter and had some dinner from The Ram. (FYI, the chicken was to die for. I could have had two or more servings.)
7:30 p.m. hit, and it was time for me to bike to the rink for the finale rehearsal at 8 p.m. I feel like the finale is always the most nerve-wracking part of the show because no one really knows what's going on. Luckily, I was working with professionals who did, except I kept getting distracted by Ryan trying to land an Axel the other way. He wasn't too successful ... tee hee hee.
Finale rehearsal finished around 8:40 p.m., and we had just enough time for final touch-ups, warming up and getting into our costumes. Show time was set for 9:25 p.m.
The show started right on time. I was super excited to do my programs. I love being able to perform for a crowd and draw them into a performance. I definitely was breathing hard after both programs (hello, altitude). But the crowd had a great energy that made the programs go by so fast!
The last thing left was to nail the finale. Not going to lie, I was nervous. You don't want to mess up the easiest thing. We had this big pinwheel at the end that definitely gave us trouble during rehearsals. I was saying a little prayer and holding onto Jeremy Barrett for dear life. To all of you that are worried, we did the greatest pinwheel ever and I nailed my ina ... whoop whoop! I can say it was a successful show.
This was bittersweet because it meant that the show was over. It went by so fast! Afterward, we had a meet-and-greet with the audience, and I chatted with some of the cast members, but then it was time for me to head back to my room and pack myself up. Plus, I wanted to get a good night's sleep because I was going to devour some Nutella crepes from, you guessed it, KONDITOREI!
Sunday, July 28
I cannot explain my excitement for these crepes. It's all I've been thinking about since I saw them on the menu. And I have to say the wait was so worth it.
I did have to eat quickly, as I had a shuttle to catch at 10 to go to the airport. On the ride to the airport, I was able to see the beautiful view I missed on the way driving into the resort. I wish I could stay an extra day and do some cool hikes, but I have a plane to catch at 5:45 a.m. the next day ... can you feel my excitement? But it's a trip to Canada, and who doesn't love Canada?!
Anyway, I'd love to say a big thank you to Sun Valley for inviting me. I had an amazing time and hope to be back. THANK YOU!