On Saturday we spent the entire day in Blaine, MN at the 2017 Northern Blades Rising Stars Figure Skating competition. Keara skated in 2 events which were a level above her norm.. in other words she skated up a level. She normally skates at No Test, but Saturday she skated Pre-Preliminary Well Balanced. The difference is she started landing her axel a month ago and SHE decided to skate at that level in competition regardless of her axel being new.
Keara went into the competition knowing it was going to be a tough one. She knew that the other kids competing were most likely going to be more experienced, and older. This did NOT scare her away.
Event #1 Pre-Preliminary Compulsory. She placed 3rd out of 6
Event #2 Pre-Preliminary Free Skate Well Balanced. She placed 5th out of 12. Not bad for an 8 year old skating up a level! She landed 1 out of 2 axels!!! It was her first time doing them in a competition. To say my husband and I are proud is an understatement. Blessed for amazing coaches who believe in her and helped her to get one step closer to her goal!