The Expressway to Senior Ladies Figures

Nov. 17, 2009, 1:12 a.m. (ET)

With 32 skaters from around the world, the warmup for the Senior Ladies' Figure event at the 2009 Figure World Championship looked more like a super highway during rush hour than an artistic event. Our skaters, Niquel Garcia, Shauna McCullough and Laura Wright, often had to wait for the right moment to slip into a spot on the loop circles, had to dodge contestants and coaches on the figure circles and shared smiles with other athletes over near misses and even a couple of fender benders.

In spite of the busy warmup, our skaters finished in the upper half of the event with Niquel in 10th place, Shauna in 14th place and Laura in 15th place.