Lynn and Logan's blog from Lake Placid 2.0American ice dancers share LPIDC adventures for second straight year
For the second straight year, U.S. ice dancers Lynn Kriengkrairut and Logan Giulietti-Schmitt provide some behind-the-scenes perspective from the Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships.
Sunday, Aug. 4
Even though we don't get as much millage on our programs as we had hoped, we're glad we had the opportunity to debut them this week. They are still in the developmental stages, but we're excited about the foundation and potential they have.
Late at night, after the free dance event, we were notified that we would be receiving the Ann Greenthal award, which is a new award that will be given out every year to the team with the highest free dance score from both groups. We've known Ann for a long time and have witnessed how instrumental she's been to the organization of Lake Placid and many other events, so we were greatly honored to receive such an award.
On Saturday, we were quite ambitious and decided that after our monitoring session we would try to drive all the way back home in one trip. We packed food and lots of coffee, and hit the road. It was lucky that we had our junior training mates with us to share stories with. Adam told us how he got stranded in the middle of the lake earlier that day when he decided to kayak a little further than recommended. We died laughing when he revealed that his efforts to turn around many times were thwarted by the strong wind that kept pushing him to the other side of the lake and at one point even resorted to screaming for help. Eventually, he ended up on the other side, tied the boat to a tree and walked several miles back around to the hotel and told them what had happened. Luckily, everything turned out fine, but he may have been responsible for a new warning sign or two.
With the both of us sharing the drive, we made it back to Detroit early in the morning. It was neat to see the sunset and sunrise all in the same journey.
With our trip complete, we've officially put another Lake Placid in the books! It's always a wonderful competition because of how beautiful and majestic it is. In many ways, it almost seems like a mini vacation. It's a little bit difficult to get to, but if you haven't ever been, we'd highly suggest a visit. The scenery alone is worth the trip!
Lynn and Logan
Friday, Aug. 2
Today, Logan woke up to a knock on his door, to which he responded half asleep, "Come back later." Earlier that morning, he had been woken up by a housekeeper looking to clean his room and thought she had returned, but then a familiar voice came from outside the door. It was Lynn telling him he had overslept, missed breakfast and had to leave in five minutes for both of their preseason physical evaluations at the rink. He quickly threw on some clothes, brushed his teeth and ran to meet Lynn out front to head over to the rink. Usually, Lynn is the one who oversleeps, but this time the tables were turned. Luckily, our event isn't until the evening, and because of the unusual schedule, we don't even have a practice today.
We ended up making it to the rink with time to kill, so we had a chance to relax and talk to Naama Kellman from U.S. Figure Skating. It's always a pleasure to work with her and see her smiling face at events! Our physicals were quick and painless, but it was beneficial to talk to the doctor and fill him in on our most recent ailments. We had some minor setbacks last month, but have been proactive in staying on top of things. It was good to hear a different opinion on how we can continue to recover and are thankful for this opportunity.
We then had the chance to sit down with Melanie Hoyt, from ice-dance.com, and talk about our new training environment, our programs, the Olympics and pretty much everything under the sun. We also got to reminisce a bit about how many times we've been to Lake Placid and our first photo shoot many years ago. Sometimes it's hard to believe that we're on our eighth season together. However, no matter how many times we've been here, we always enjoy coming. We know how important it is to get our programs out early and receive feedback before the season starts. Plus, it's absolutely beautiful here!
After our stroll down memory lane, we decided to go back to our accommodations and have lunch. We know we mentioned this before, but we love the Olympic Training Center (OTC). The extensive resources they have available for the athletes is phenomenal, and trust us, we've been fully utilizing them, especially the cafeteria! By now, I'm sure you all know how much we love to eat, so this should come as no surprise. During our conversation at lunch, we found out that both of us got asked by the housekeeping staff on separate occasions what sport we participated in. When we replied with "figure skating," they responded with something like, "Ohhhhh that makes sense!" We're still not quite sure if that was a compliment or not, but we're going to take it as such. They must have seen our unusual wardrobe and Lynn's makeup and curling iron. Don't think there are many other athletes that have to worry about those things.
Well, now it's time to begin preparations for our free dance tonight. Everyone seems eager to get their programs out early this year, so it should be a great event. Although our program doesn't have as much millage on it as we had hoped, we're still excited to show the overall package, character and potential it has to develop over the season. Stay tuned in for more detail about the event!
Lynn & Logan
Thursday, Aug. 1
We think we just wrote, deleted and rewrote the first paragraph of this blog five times already. We even decided to take a little lunch break to feed my brain cells, hoping that they'd fire up something new and cool to talk about. However, the truth is that this is our sixth trip to Lake Placid. It's definitely no longer new, but it's still refreshing. It's beautiful, serene and familiar. The drive is perhaps a little too long for our taste, but at least we were in some good company this year with our training mates, Carolina Moscheni and Adam Lukas, the junior Hungarian team.
Actually, come to think of it, we did start off the competition in a different fashion. We arrived yesterday afternoon in time for the junior short dance practice. Starting off on the other side of the boards this year, we tried to fill in Igor's shoes as best we could for Carolina and Adam. When in doubt, we said, "Divae divae!" Honestly, we don't even know what it means, but it sounded right.
Then, per usual, the seniors had late practices. Fortunately, ours was only at 10 p.m. Yes, we use the words "fortunately" and "only" because we're thankful we weren't stuck in the group finishing at 12:15 a.m. Anyway, part of our six-hour break in the evening was spent trying to find housing for Adam, who was preparing himself to spend the week sleeping in Lynn's car and taking his showers in the rain or lake. The other part of our break was spent checking in to the OTC and getting settled. For those of you who haven't had the experience of staying at the OTC, we'd say it's kind of like Hogwarts for athletes, minus the magic. OK, perhaps we're exaggerating, but having fresh meals prepared for us all day long is definitely a plus. We also have a gym, recovery center, physical therapy, and a ping-pong table just waiting to be used. Basically, everything we need is here, and we wouldn't mind having one back at home.
We debuted our short dance today. You could say it was a little bit rough! But we were happy to be here competing having just decided for sure three days ago that we would compete both programs. We had some setbacks this month with injuries, but we are recovering well. We have some fun material to work with, and it's just the beginning! Stay tuned for the free dance tomorrow.
Lynn and Logan