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Grant Hochstein relates the happenings from the Finlandia Trophy.
Grant Hochstein relates the happenings from the Finlandia Trophy. (Jacque Tiegs)

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By Grant Hochstein, special to icenetwork.com
(07/26/2010) - Grant Hochstein's athlete's diary from 2010 Skate Detroit.

July 25
Good afternoon everybody! Now before you all yell at me for being a terrible blogger, the internet connection was really weird for me at the competition so this is the best I could do... I apologize.

So, basically my long program didn't go quite as I would have liked. The jumps decided they didn't want to come with me to the long so it was definitely interesting. I did, however, get some really positive feedback about the program which is important at this point of the season.

It's very early and if I were to peak at Skate Detroit then I wouldn't be too happy. My coaches and I sat down after the competition and mapped out the plan for the next few months to make sure I don't skate like that ever again. You all have my promise that I will bring the jumps with me next time I compete!

I would like to congratulate Christina Gao on being amazing. She was so fantastic in both of her programs, especially the long that I have no words other than: "Wow, Awesome, Fantastic, Amazing, and Rocket Power." She delivered the goods and everybody in attendance was quite impressed. I would also like to congratulate my other good buddy Kate Charbonneau aka Katie Charb (she hates when I call her this but we don't get to pick our own nicknames now do we?) on a wicked short program. I think her Malaguena program, especially the straight line steps, is out of this world.

It was really nice to be able to spend some time with these friends who live kind of far away. The only time we get to see each other is at competition and since they are on the JGP and I'm now on the Senior GP we won't be able to see each other for a long, long while. So after the competition was over we all went back to the Minnesotites' (as I call the Charbonneau camp) hotel to go swimming. Then we had evaluations waaaaay too early this morning. It was sad to say goodbye but it was still so nice to see everyone.

Before I forget, I would like to give one last shout out to my #1 Groundhog, Mandy Caruso. To prevent any confusion, allow me to explain. My club mates and I decided during my birthday party that we need to give my fans a name. Johnny (Weir) has his angels and so Grant's fans need something too right? But nothing cool starts with a G. We were brainstorming at the first and best thing we could come up with was groundhogs. So the girls made signs and threw a stuffed groundhog out onto the ice for me during the competition. It was all really funny and I feel like Mandy deserves the recognition for being the most enthusiastic of all the groundhogs. If anybody would like, feel free to consider yourself part of Grant's Groundhog Gang.

I think that's all for now. Take care and I will look forward to blogging for you all something in the near future!
Grant

July 23
Hello from Skate Detroit!!
It is now officially the 2010-2011 competitive season. I hope you are all well rested and ready to start another four year Olympic cycle.

This competition is going to be a little harder for me to blog since I'm staying at my apartment and not a hotel close by. The amount of skating I'm able to see is going to be limited so these blogs are hopefully going to be about quality rather than quantity.

To start, yesterday I won the senior men's short program. I was really excited to be competing again since it seems like junior world's was forever ago. I landed a triple Lutz-triple toe, fell on triple Axel (but I did land it in warm-up!), and landed my triple flip from footwork. It felt great to finally perform my new short program in front of an audience. Finishing a very close second was William Brewster. I wasn't able to watch him live since he skated first, but I did watch him on the video and he landed an awesome triple Lutz-triple toe and triple loop. I'm going to be staying and watching the senior ladies short tonight and cheering on my good friends Kate Charbonneau and Christina Gao. I'll definitely have some stuff to report to you all tomorrow!!

Since I am good friends with Kate and Kiri Baga, they decided to come to St. Clair Shores to train with me yesterday. It was great to be able to train with such amazing athletes and learn from their work ethic. I think that I'm a pretty hardworking guy, but those girls kick some serious butt!!!!

Okay, I think I'm starting to ramble. It's probably because I'm starving so I'm going to have lunch with Kiri and Cale Ambroz.

Talk to you all tomorrow!!!
Grant