The Euros are now behind and the week went really fast. Arrangements were flawless, our hotel was right next to the rink and I was lucky to get one person a Junior Suite all for myself. With all that space I could have done run throughs of the programs right there in the room.
Rink was renovated into good condition, although the age was showing. There wasn’t that many spectators, but there were a lot of Finns in the audience so the atmosphere was very cozy.
Right after the competition the disappointment was big. Now I’m thinking that as a whole the competition was good and I’m satisfied. Short program is working well and the the free skate wasn’t really that bad. This time the competition was really even and the differences small.
From here the training continues right away. There’s a camp at VierumÃ¤ki that includes tuning the free skate because the goal is to add some difficulty to the program by the Worlds.
The English listening comprehension part of the matriculation exam is now done. It was challenging but comprehensible, results are due later but I won’t take stress about it. The training camp at VierumÃ¤ki went well although it felt exhausting right after the competition week. Now I’ve had time relax and take it easier.
Now that the training continues there has been some changes to the free skate program. My choreographer came by and we fixed some little details. It’s interesting how those little changes in things like turning your head and extending arms can make so much difference.
After the competition I have spent some time with friends but time keeps flying and it feels like you never have enough time for them. I’ve also wanted to go to the movies now that there are so many new Finnish films showing. Hope I have some time before the next competition.
There’s also an official fan group on Facebook. (Facebook account needed to view the group)
Then some photos from the 2008 Euros on Flickr by Susanne Kempf:
And while you are browsing photos on Flicker, you might want to try this cool little tool called PicLens. It’s an extension available for most web-browsers that turns popular internet photo galleries like Flickr and Google Image Search into a scrollable 3d-wall that you can zoom in and out. See on the video demonstration how it works.