Saturday, December 18, 2010

California Gold Alumni Skate!

  We are looking for all California Gold Alumnae (formerly United Skates) to attend our Senior Practice on December 30, 2010 starting at 5:00am for breakfast. This includes Open Juvenile, Intermediate, Novice, Junior and Senior skaters from the 1999 season through the current 2011 season. 
       When: Thursday, December 30 - 5:00 am - 7:30 am
       Location: East West Ice Palace
  At 6:30am we will invite the skaters that were apart of the Junior and Senior teams to take the ice with our current senior team for an alumnae skate. It will be great to celebrate the team of skaters that helped build this organization from the ground up. Please send this invite out to the former skaters as well, we want to reach out to everyone. Please RSVP to the Facebook invite HEREHope to see you all there! 
  Also, if you have not already "like" our California Gold page to stay connected throughout the season on Facebook!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Long Program

  Sunday afternoon, we skated our long program with confidence and power. Although it was not our best run-through, it was certainly one we were proud to present.  Ending up in 5th overall, our team is committed to work with this intensity for the rest of the season.  Thank you California Gold fans for cheering us on, whether you were in the stands at the rink, or at home, cheering in front of the computer screen!
  As Porter ends, we begin to focus on our next competition, the Cup of Berlin! We are so honored to be representing the USA and to be traveling with Chicago Jazz Junior!  Our hard work in the next month will be fueled by the excitement of our upcoming competition.
  As we said when getting into the Robin Hood character before stepping onto the ice for long program, "We will rise and rise again until lambs become lions!"

Congratulations to both California Gold teams! Great Job at Porter!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Short Program and Novice Program

Yesterday, our Novice team performed their "Wizard of Oz" program and rocked it!  It was their best performance of the season thus far.  They improved their score by 8 points in only 1 month!

Last night, California Gold Senior skated an AMAZING short program.  The team described it as "effortless" and "smooth."  Being our first competition, we wanted to start off with a bang, and we feel we accomplished that.  Right now, we are sitting in 5th place, tying with Miami for top technical base score.

This morning, we skated our long program twice for official practice.  The first run-through was a little rough, but we were able to pull it together and skate the second one with more confidence.  Tonight, we skate very last (they saved the best for last :]) and are ready to skate a strong long program!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Hello, Michigan!

We're here! After a safe trip into Detroit and a short bus ride, we checked in at the hotel and went straight to Novice's official practice, which was awesome!  They said they felt great about their performance and were rewarded with a trip to Noodles & Company.  Tonight, we look forward to having a great practice for both teams.  Novice skates their program and Senior skates short tomorrow.  (The skate orders are up on the Dr. Porter Website if you want to know)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Dr. Porter!

This coming weekend is the Dr. Richard Porter Synchronized Skating Classic (or "Porter"), the first competition of the year for our Senior team. We are all very excited to put our programs out in front of the judges and to be competing with the top teams in the US and Finland.  If you are not going to be traveling with us, we'll keep you updated with this blog and you can check out the results and event blog at the Dr. Porter Website.  Thank you so much for the love and support! GO CALIFORNIA GOLD!