For the rest of my faithful readers (both of you) I'll drag things out a bit.
|Here's the Curling part which would have been to the left of the photo above.|
|I arrived early and was immediately diverted by this distracting sign. Two hundred bucks is kinda spendy just to ride a Zamboni, but....tempting none the less.|
We clomped across the lobby in our skates to the other sheet and just caught the last couple minutes of my group's official warm up. With just enough time to plow through the two dances, I felt fairly good, particularly so with the trickier RB. This was almost my undoing. When we were called out for the test I suddenly felt kinda jittery. We skated the two dances with lots of awkward scratching and clumsiness on my part. I came off the ice knowing that my practice dances were much better that what I'd just skated in front of the judge. I silently cursed and wished that I could somehow swap them.
And yes, that's judge singular. This test session had just one judge rather than the three judge panel that was in place when I tested back in the spring at Piney Orchard. Apparently if the judge is highly accredited, only one is required. I don't completely understand that, but that's how Coach A. explained it. Getting back to today's test, after leaving the ice I figured if I passed the DW I'd be lucky. I was mentally preparing myself for "retry" scores for both dances. We clomped our way back to the lobby and took off our skates while waiting for the runner to bring the results from the judge to the registrar's table. In due time they came. Coach A. went over and picked them them up and then showed them to me:
|Technical comments: "unison is nice, occasional flat edges, good extension and posture" Timing/Expression comments: "nice expression." Somehow I not only passed the Dutch Waltz, but...|
|against all odds I somehow managed to pass the Rhythm Blues as well. Technical comments: "nice x-behinds, decent edges, got ahead at the start but got into sync." Timing/Expression: "nicely expressed."|