Kathy was practicing her hockey moves out on the ice
when Coach Josefina and two other skaters walked up.
“Does anyone know why the hockey storage locker is locked? I wanted to practice but I can’t get to my stick,” Kathy grumbled.
“It’s locked because there’s going to be a figure skating competition on the ice today,” Josefina replied.
“We’re going to practice skating for a little bit and then watch the competition. Would you like to stay and watch? I have an extra ticket,”Sonali invited.
“Sure,” said Kathy, “but how come you’re going to watch? Aren’t you going to skate in the competition too?”
“Not today, this competition features the IceCapades, the best skaters in the whole state. We’re not quite good enough yet, but next year – watch out!”
Coach Josefina, Miranda and Sonali stretched and got their skating gear out and skated for a quarter of an hour until the bell rang for everyone to get off the ice for the start of the competition.
Kathy got a seat between Miranda and Sonali up in the stands.
“I had to bring Coconut,” Sonali held the fluffy pup up in his beret and scarf, “he’s our good luck mascot.”
Soon, more fans joined the crowd to watch the competition. It was cold in the arena so everyone was still dressed in their winter coats and hats.
An announcement rang out over the noise of the crowd: “Will the Junior Skaters please make their way to the ready room!”
The Junior skaters gathered in a bunch waiting for their names to be called out to skate.
Ashleigh Salon was the first to take the ice. She did not have any major mishaps but she started with a low technical score because she was still working on all of her jumps.
Mary Grace Gardner skated to Vivaldi’s Winter from the Four Seasons. She flowed on the ice with moves as sharp and crystal clear as the icicle she was dressed as.
Her hair was even woven into two icicle braids.
Isabella Carpatina skated to Puccini’s Turandot. She got the crowd really worked up when the chords of the orchestra and singer built towards the finale.
Isabella’s sister, Emma was not so lucky with her skate that day. She took a tumble on her double axle.
But she was able to get up and skate to the end of her program without any more problems.
Finally it was time for the senior skaters to make their way to the ready room. Only three senior skaters were good enough to make it to the IceCapades.
Caroline Abbott was up first. Coach Josefina handed her some water and gave her some heartwarming advice.
She began her program turned away from the audience, and then, slowly and gracefully she spun and twirled to the music of Swan Lake.
When she finished, she was very pleased with her performance, although she was pretty sure she had landed flat- footed on some of the jumps and had a feeling they would be downgraded because of it.
Isabelle was the second senior to skate. She reached for a tissue as Josefina leaned over to her and said, “Isabelle, I know you’re new to this program. Heck, you’re new to skating but I can’t tell you how proud I am of you, that you worked so hard and rose to such a high level so quickly. For this skate, just enjoy what you’ve accomplished.”
Isabelle nodded as she took to the ice to start her program. Coach Josefina was right. She had started out as a dancer and then, her friend, Saige had invited her to go ice skating and she had picked it up quickly and totally fell in love with the sport. Although she still loved dancing and really considered herself more as a dance than a skater, she really could feel proud of herself for being able to work hard and put what she had learned from dancing into her skates.
When all of her jumping passes had been completed, Isabelle let go and just let the music flow through her movements. She finished with a perfect lay back spin.
The crowd went wild cheering for her. Isabelle was so pleased. She didn’t even think she had made any mistakes in her program at all.
“Isabelle! That was the best I’ve ever seen you skate!” Caroline cried giving her friend a hug.
But Caroline couldn’t say any more because the final skater was about to take the ice.
Saige was a veteran skater and had won every competition she had entered this year.
She skated to Carmen’s Fantasy with a Spanish flair and didn’t miss a jump. When she finished, everyone knew this was going to be a very close competition.
While the judges were deliberating, the three seniors got in a huddle.
“Saige, that was amazing!” Isabelle said.
“No matter who wins, we’re all going to get a medal. That’s so huge! I mean, this is the IceCapades! The biggest competition in the state!” Caroline exclaimed.
“And,” Saige added, “No matter who wins, we all win, because we’re all friends!”
Coach Josefina interrupted their pre-medal pep talk to actually give them out.
“The Bronze medal winner of the 2016 Icecapades is….Caroline Abbott!”
Caroline joyfully accepted her medal.
“The Silver medalist of this 2016 competition is… Saige Copeland!”
Saige graciously accepted her medal.
Oh my gosh! thought Isabelle, I can’t believe it! Saige got silver! That means I won…gold? Or maybe I got disqualified or something…
But that was not the case because Coach Josefina was saying, “And the Gold medal winner of the 2016 IceCapades, who won by one tenth of a point is Isabelle Palmer!”
The three seniors posed for their medal winning photo, all smiling and thrilled because all three of them had won!
P.S.1 Did you know that the 2016 Figure Skating World Championships is next week (Jan 23rd)? Check your local listings to see it on NBC.
P.S. 2 I am so NOT an ice skater (I can’t even roller blade) but I love watching figure skating. I apologize if this post is inaccurate from real figure skating. Dolls are also horrible figure skaters. All of my dolly ice skaters fell down while I tried to pose them (even and especially the seniors!). Isabelle was the worst (you can see how towards the end her hair was messed up) which was why I awarded her the gold medal.