It was an honor to have qualified and competed at Junior Grand Prix Final. It was quite an achievement for me to make it in my first year competing in the Junior Grand Prix circuit. I missed the podium by just one point! I know I placed better than many expected, even myself, but it’s quite frustrating when there is that little of a gap between being on the podium and sitting in the dressing room wishing you had landed that one jump a little better. But every experience is one to learn from, and I am incredibly honored to have competed with these wonderful men. Barcelona has been kind to me. Congrats to Nathan, Dimitri and Sota, who deserved every point they earned!
Vincent Zhou’s Inspiring Trip to the Grand Prix Final in Barcelona
Birds’ eye view of Barcelona by the Mediterranean Sea
Barcelona, here I come!
Vincent with Coach Tom outside the competition venue
The calm before the storm
The best Junior Men in the world!
Early morning practice for the Junior Men Free Skate
Getting instruction on the first practice
A glimpse of the coaching area at Senior Men’s practice
Ending position of my short program
Starting position for my free skate
Fans lining up outside of the athletes’ exit waiting for autographs two days before the competition starts!
The fans’ posters
Russian fans sitting next to my mom
A sea of Japanese fans!
It was so inspiring to watch the Senior Mens’ skating!
Junior Men watching the competition
Vincent with Javier Fernandez
Vincent with Mao Asada
Vincent with Shoma Uno
Vincent with Boyang Jin
Vincent posing with fans
A gift from my fans
A special Japanese gift
The view from my hotel room
A scene that reminds me of southern California
The crispy air feels like northern California
Feeling the winter
Sunset in Barcelona
An inside view of Sagrada Familia
Another inside view of Sagrada Familia