Next weekend I am jumping on a plane and flying to Boston! Yay! Off to the World Championships for the first time in 3 years. I could not be more excited!!!
This will be the 5th time I’ve been lucky enough to attend Worlds. For someone who’s still in their 20’s and has been in university for the majority of the last nine years I think this is a bit of an accomplishment. These trips might be why I’m so poor, but it’s been so worth it. I’m not even going to mention the handful of Grand Prix events and National Championships I’ve also been fortunate enough to attend…
In the next installment of My Skating Story, let’s look back at my adventures at the World Figure Skating Championships.
2001 World Figure Skating Championships
In 2001 I was a baby, well not quite, but I was 13 and knew very little about the larger figure skating world. I had been skating for years and for some reason I really wanted to tag along with my aunt, uncle and cousins on a trip to Vancouver to attend Worlds. I still don’t really understand the reason behind this decision but I insisted and my parents eventually let me go (as long as I paid my way). It was one of those rare occasions that changes a person. Because that week I fell in love with figure skating. That week I became obsessed with figure skating.
More specifically, that week I discovered Alexei Yagudin. My cousin excitedly told me all about this 3-time World Champion and I couldn’t wait to finally see him skate…but then he fell on a deathdrop during Qualifying (and fell and popped another handful of jumps). Who was this guy?!?! I thought he was supposed to be good?!?! Anyway, it was Alexei’s determination and perseverance that week that pulled me in. He was the first skater I became obsessed with. Plus it didn’t help that he was super cute.
This week was also that special time when Salé & Pelletier won Worlds. I remember calling my mom and telling her they hadn’t finished on the podium – this was before events typically aired live and she was not impressed when she learned I had lied to her. But it was good fun.
I just rewatched this and yikes!
2006 World Figure Skating Championships
This would be the event I remember the least for some reason. Worlds this year was the closest to home, all we needed to do was drive down the road a few hours. 2006 was the peak of my Jeff Buttle love. He had just won an Olympic medal and he was poised to win another World medal this week, but it just didn’t happen. I was sad, and probably cried. Actually I know I cried. Was this the event I wore a Canadian flag as a skirt for a few hours??
I do know this was the event we bought a French and Swiss flag for. I remember Lambiel, Lysacek and Joubert skating amazing in the FS, I remember being completely shocked when Kimmie Meissner won and saddened (again) when Sasha couldn’t deliver. I remember cheering when Joannie Rochette won one of the Qualifying groups. I remember loving Dubreuil & Lauzon more this week than I ever have before. I remember loving Brian Joubert more this week than I ever have before (and ever will again).
2009 World Figure Skating Championships
In 2009 we ventured outside of Canada for the first time and made the trip to LA. Throughout the week we found it quite odd to be surrounded by numerous American flags for the first time. This was the beginning of my Patrick Chan love. I was 100% behind him here. He was on the rise and vocal and without a 4T. His 3A was wonky but his skating skills were sublime. After his silver medal my cousin yelled ‘PATRICK CHAN’ out the car window in downtown LA. This was actually only one of many times ‘PATRICK CHAN’ was yelled loudly in public over the next few years.
This event was also that time Evan Lysacek won Worlds (trying to forget that one still) and when Yu-Na Kim was at her peak of greatness. This was when Joannie Rochette won her World medal. This was also quite possibly when my cousin and I fell in love with Scott Moir, so pretty.
2013 World Figure Skating Championships
Most recently I travelled to London, Ontario. While we complained about the location throughout the week (fake London is far inferior to real London), it was this trip that largely inspired what this blog is today. It was here that I first saw Yuzuru Hanyu. It was here that through his struggles I first fell in love. You can read all about that here.
This week was also the time Kevin Reynolds almost won Worlds (not really, but my cousin was certain he was going to), that time Kaetlyn Osmond crushed the SP at her first Worlds, that time I solidified my stance on Scott & Tessa being far superior to Meryl & Charlie and that time I was at the height of my love for Canadian pairs teams. This was also when I first fell in love with Team Orser and was that time I’m still not certain if Patrick Chan really deserved to win his 3rd World title.
2016 World Figure Skating Championships
Which brings us to the present. I am extremely excited and can’t wait to see what this week brings. Will there be surprises and upsets, will my favourites win, and how many times will I cry?
Stay tuned for my preview and predictions!
Till next time,
– Justine Alyssa