To read about the beginning of Madison Chock’s journey to Seoul, South Korea, for the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, click here.
Day 2, Feb. 12, 2015
Today was the day, the competition finally started! It’s been a beautiful day, perfect for a short dance event ;). We had an early morning warm-up and then just enough time to sprint to the bus back to the hotel and make it for the tail end of breakfast. After a quick bite, I had just enough time to crawl into bed and watch one of my favorite shows, before I had to start getting ready to head back to the rink.
Once back at the rink we began our off-ice warm-up; I was feeling good with the buzz of competition in the air. It was all business as usual. When it’s finally our turn to take the ice I let my body take over, knowing how many run-throughs and hours of training we have done to get us ready for this moment. The music comes on and we start to dance, before I know it it’s over and we are getting our scores. We receive our season’s best with 70.38! But it’s still a close competition and we have to stay focused for the free dance. However, we still celebrate a successful day with some of our fellow competitors. Good night or buenas noches from Seoul!
Day 3, Feb. 13, 2015
It’s free dance day! After a good night’s sleep I set my competition routine in motion; starting with hair and makeup, then on to breakfast, bus ride, off-ice warm-up, on-ice warm-up, and back to hotel to eat and rest. Before I head back to the rink I put some music on, possibly have a mini dance party in the bathroom, and touch up my hair and makeup. You can already feel the competition heating up on the bus, everyone has their earbuds on, getting in the zone. It was a bit quieter today as everyone warmed up; it stays that way until we all finished skating, then no one can stop talking.
Evan and I skated a good free dance we were very happy with; however, we just slid out of first by a point and a half. We wanted this win badly, but we will continue to work as hard as we can up to worlds in March. As for today, we can take this as a victory, knowing we gave it our all and that we will be even stronger next time. We can relax tonight knowing the tough part of the week is behind us and we have two whole days to enjoy everything Korea has to offer! I’m going to start with a big dinner!!
Day 4, Feb. 14, 2015
After sleeping perfectly so far all week, my body decided it was finally time to acknowledge I'm thousands of miles away from my usual time zone….and, bing!, rise and shine at 4 a.m. Even with the minimal amount of sleep acquired I powered through the day, with lots of caffeine, and had a great time!
I began by exploring the streets of Korea and picked up some highly recommended Korean skin care for a very reasonable price. All the women out there know how expensive it can be, especially if your job requires you to wear makeup constantly; take my word when I say this was a steal! Later Evan and I attended our small medal ceremony for the free dance, then watched the pairs’ and men’s skaters duke it out in their free skates. In the evening, a large group of us explored the greater area of downtown Garosu-Gil; it’s said to be the Soho of Korea. For the finale of the day I enjoyed an awesome dinner with friends at a Korean barbecue restaurant.
Day 5, Feb. 15, 2015
Today was the last full day here in Seoul. The ladies still had to compete and the rest of us only had gala practice in the morning. Between practice and the gala I had enough time to head back to the hotel and begin the task of packing. Seeing as somehow I had more to pack than when I arrived, it was quite the endeavor; my suitcase would most likely be overweight…again. Luckily I have a wonderful partner who always seems to have room to throw some of my stuff in with his. Thank you, Mr. Evan :)
The gala was a blast and ran smoothly this evening. Everyone was happy to be done and it showed! Afterwards we quickly bused it back to the hotel and hustled to get ready for the closing banquet.
What a trip it has been! Overall this was a great competition for us; we tasted success after the short dance and are hungry for that feeling it again.
This is only the beginning of a long road back to the Olympics. We will take it one year at a time and one competition at a time. Now we look forward to worlds in Shanghai. Time to reset and gear up for the next big one.
So long Seoul, til next time!