I won Gardena Spring Trophy in the Advanced Novice Boys category with a total score of 153.55 (SP 48.46 + FS 105.09). My international debut has been a success. The experience was wonderful! I felt very proud and honored on the podium when our national anthem was played. I will miss the wonderful little town. (As well as the snowball fight we all had at midnight before the 3:00 am bus. And yes, am.) I slept so much on the way back that Tammy called me a “sleeping machine”!
Video for my short program:
Video for my free skate:
Selva val Gardena with rooftops blanketed in snow
Another FS photo
Yet another FS photo
FS photo #4
Some of our champions with Carolina Kostner! (Left to right: Senior Ladies’ champion Valentina Marchei, me, Carolina Kostner, Junior Ladies’ champion Polina Edmunds, Junior Men’s champion Jordan Moeller, and Advanced Novice Girls’ champion Karen Chen)
Tammy taking a picture of me and silver medalist Taichiro Yamakuma
Team USA’s cheering section
Me cheering for USA (LOL!)
Me with Tammy
Me with Tammy and team leader Lindsey Weber
A picture at the top of the mountain. Photo courtesy of Icenetwork. (Back row: David Glynn, Kori Ade, Adam Rippon, Doug Williams, Lindsey Weber, Jordan Moeller, Tom Zakrajsek. Front row: Polina Edmunds, Karen Chen, me, Elaine Zayak, Jimmy Ma)
Vincent sitting on a giant snow-covered sled in front of the official hotel. Photo courtesy of Icenetwork.
The team breaks out laughing during pictures because of a funny comment. Photo courtesy of Icenetwork.