Mar. 7th, 2004

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Wow. Slept a lot, had a quiet, lazy day, and now I'm mostly recovered from the past four days. Nationals was an absolute blast, but being on my feet for 6+ hours a day was just exhausting. (Waitresses, how do you *do* it??)

The collegiate division yesterday was especially fun, because I got to see a lot of my old teammates. Rachel and Missy are on Miami University Collegiate; I saw them first. They told me that Julia was skating on Bowling Green and Bridget was with Pentagon Inter-Collegiate. I saw them both when their teams came through. Julia was so funny; apparently she'd seen Rachel and Missy and they told her I was here, so when her team came down, she beelined straight for me and basically threw herself into my arms. "Caitlin I'm so glad to see you, I'm so scared, it's my first Nationals!" We were only able to talk briefly, but I'm so glad I got to see her. Little bitty Julia, whom I used to drive to practice every week, is a freshman in college and a good two inches taller than I am! Aie! And then finally I saw Larissa on University of Delaware's collegiate team when they were lining up for the medal ceremony. I saw Missy's mom Carla at the same time; she (ever the hostess) was escorting the president of Miami University and his wife around backstage. "Caitlin! I hardly even recognized you! You look about fourteen!" Um, thanks, Carla.

There were even more reunions yet to come, because I ran into Gilbert and April Chiang, who were also volunteering yesterday. They're really excellent adult ice dancers who used to skate at MIT, and now they apparently live here in San Diego. I sat with them at our dinner break and we had a nice chat.

Overall, it was a really great if tiring experience. I watched a *ton* of skating, I met lots of really great people whom I will hopefully see more of if I can ever afford to skate again, and I saw a lot of teams up close and personal. It was amazing to be that close to so much raw emotion. Teams got off the ice crying if they'd done badly and crying if they'd done well. You couldn't help but be affected when a team had just had a beautiful, clean skate, and they were so ecstatic that they were already screaming and hugging and crying even before they were off the ice. It was pretty emotional at times, but the only time I actually cried was during Team Del Sol's Adult team performance, when I looked up into the stands where the Del Sol fans were sitting, and there was a little girl holding a sign that said "Go Mom!" I just lost it. *That's* what this is about, folks.
jaina: (synchro)
Wow. Slept a lot, had a quiet, lazy day, and now I'm mostly recovered from the past four days. Nationals was an absolute blast, but being on my feet for 6+ hours a day was just exhausting. (Waitresses, how do you *do* it??)

The collegiate division yesterday was especially fun, because I got to see a lot of my old teammates. Rachel and Missy are on Miami University Collegiate; I saw them first. They told me that Julia was skating on Bowling Green and Bridget was with Pentagon Inter-Collegiate. I saw them both when their teams came through. Julia was so funny; apparently she'd seen Rachel and Missy and they told her I was here, so when her team came down, she beelined straight for me and basically threw herself into my arms. "Caitlin I'm so glad to see you, I'm so scared, it's my first Nationals!" We were only able to talk briefly, but I'm so glad I got to see her. Little bitty Julia, whom I used to drive to practice every week, is a freshman in college and a good two inches taller than I am! Aie! And then finally I saw Larissa on University of Delaware's collegiate team when they were lining up for the medal ceremony. I saw Missy's mom Carla at the same time; she (ever the hostess) was escorting the president of Miami University and his wife around backstage. "Caitlin! I hardly even recognized you! You look about fourteen!" Um, thanks, Carla.

There were even more reunions yet to come, because I ran into Gilbert and April Chiang, who were also volunteering yesterday. They're really excellent adult ice dancers who used to skate at MIT, and now they apparently live here in San Diego. I sat with them at our dinner break and we had a nice chat.

Overall, it was a really great if tiring experience. I watched a *ton* of skating, I met lots of really great people whom I will hopefully see more of if I can ever afford to skate again, and I saw a lot of teams up close and personal. It was amazing to be that close to so much raw emotion. Teams got off the ice crying if they'd done badly and crying if they'd done well. You couldn't help but be affected when a team had just had a beautiful, clean skate, and they were so ecstatic that they were already screaming and hugging and crying even before they were off the ice. It was pretty emotional at times, but the only time I actually cried was during Team Del Sol's Adult team performance, when I looked up into the stands where the Del Sol fans were sitting, and there was a little girl holding a sign that said "Go Mom!" I just lost it. *That's* what this is about, folks.
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