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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.
The outdoor ice skating rink at Sun Valley, site of the resort's famous summer shows. (Agnes Zawadzki)

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By Agnes Zawadzki, special to icenetwork.com
(08/02/2013) - Agnes Zawadzki was recently a featured performer at one of Sun Valley's famed summer ice shows. She recounted her experience for icenetwork.com.

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!