Monday, March 14, 2011

April Workshops

Synchronized skating is a fun team sport that skaters of any age and level can enjoy! Come try it out at California Gold's April Workshops!
Location: East West Ice Palace
Date: Saturday April 2 and 9

  • Novice
    • Time - 5:30 to 6:45 am (please arrive 15 minutes early)
    • Requirements - Juvenile, Intermediate or Novice MIF
    • Cost - $20.00 per session
  • Preliminary/Juvenile
    • Time - 6:45 to 7:15 am (please arrive 15 minutes early)
    • No test required
    • Cost $10.00 per session
  • Senior
    • Time - 7:30 to 9:15 am (please arrive 15 minutes early)
    • Requirements - Junior and Senior MIF
    • Must be at least 14 years of age
    • Cost - $30.00 per session

2011-2012 Season Tryouts

Date: Saturday and Sunday April 16 and 17
Location: East West Ice Palace

  • Preliminary/Juvenile - Team placement will be assessed at workshops
  • Novice
    • Requirements - Juvenile MIF and Must be under 18 years old
    • Saturday April 16 - 5:30 to 6:30 am (Please arrive 30 minutes early)
    • Sunday April 17 - 6:00 to 7:00 am (Please arrive 30 minutes early)
    • Cost - $55.00
  • Senior
    • Requirements - Junior MIF and Must be at least 14 years of age (exceptions must be approved by coaches)
    • Saturday April 16 - 6:30 to 8:00 am (Please arrive 30 minutes early)
    • Sunday April 17 - 7:00 to 8:00 am (Please arrive 30 minutes early)
    • Cost - $65.00
For more information, click on the links in the side bar connecting you to the California Gold Website or Facebook Page.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Nationals: Saturday

Cal Gold supporting the Adult Team!
Cal Gold Adult Competition
It was an early morning for both Adult and Senior, but the strong practices brought confidence to Adult going into their competition and to Senior who skated their official practice later that morning. The nice thing about having competition in California is that we can do off ice outside in the warm sun! When we skated, our program was solid and powerful which made us excited for the competition later that night. When we got back to the hotel, we had a little bit of down time before we left to watch Adult team compete. And didn't we look fantastic!? Every California Gold supporter was geared up with funky glasses and headbands! They skated with a couple bobbles, but all in all, we thought it was amazing!
Then, after coming back to the hotel and resting awhile, Senior got ready for competition and headed to the rink for the last time. Off ice was intense as we got into our warrior character. When we had our skated on and stood by the side of the rink, we shouted our motto for this season: "We will rise and rise again, until lambs become lions." Our program was not the best that it could have been, but it was still enough to maintain our fourth place finish. We held our Pewter medals with pride and 14 of the 18 on our team were ecstatic to have our first Senior division National title.
California Gold Senior - Pewter Medalists
As our season comes to an end, I look back on all of the amazing memories that have come from this team over that past eight months, and I would not take back one minute of it. This was one incredible season for California Gold as an entire organization, and I am so proud to be a part of it.

Congratulations California Gold!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Nationals: Friday

Today was an awesome day starting out with short official in the morning. We had a rough first run with a problem with the music, but stepped it up for an amazing second run through. We felt confident going into short program that night. We came back to the hotel for a little bit of down time, but got right back out to cheer on the adult team in their official practice. Their program has improved so much since sectionals and have added another skater too! They are very impressive for the ten practices they've had since they started.
Fans Cheer of Cal Gold
Then, Novice got ready for their competition and the Senior team sent them off with a "tunnel" to their bus. Unfortunately, we couldn't go and scream for them in the stands because we had to prepare ourselves for short program, but we were definitely watching on icenetwork! They skated an awesome program that got all but one of their calls! We are very proud of them!
Novice Competition (watched on icenetwork)
After putting our hair up and make up on, the Senior team stepped onto the bus and to the rink for a bit of off ice before we competed. We put our skates on and got on the ice and skated a smooth and powerful short program. We were very happy with our skate and accomplished our goal of getting 3's in our G.O.E. that counted. We are sitting in fourth place right now and ready to blow the judges away with our long program Saturday night!


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Nationals 2011

The U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships are upon us once again, but unlike other years, they take place just a short drive from our rink. This weekend, in Ontario, California, Novice and Senior Short are on Friday night and Adult and Senior Free Skate will be on Saturday Night. We are so thrilled to have the chance to perform for our friends and family in a national competition, so come out and support us and our fellow synchronized skating teams!