During the weekend of 21st-22nd of October, we attended this year's Pre-Event as a national team camp arranged by the Swedish Figure Skating Association.
We began our Saturday with a morning practice at our home rink, where we showcased our programs to judges and technical specialists to receive valuable feedback. The presence of our supportive parents added an extra layer of enjoyment.
Later in the day, we went to Kungsbacka for lunch, followed by a review of this season’s rules. The review fulfilled its purpose when revealing a few areas where we need to make some adjustments before competition to comply with the regulations. We also attended a lecture on ‘What if’ scenarios, which covered unforeseen events during competitions, including music interruptions, falls and other unwanted events that we need to be prepared for.
On the second day, we kickstarted with exploring new lifts, guided by four athletes from the Swedish national team in cheerleading. This was truly an inspirational hour which also offered an excellent opportunity for knowledge exchange between sports.
Following this, we gathered with the junior teams for a nutrition lecture that expanded our understanding of sports nutrition, recovery techniques, maintaining a balanced diet, managing energy balance, and staying clear of doping issues. After a yummy lunch, we had a meeting with the sports director talking about responsibilities, expectations and opportunities associated with our role as the national team. We ended the day with an intensive ice session, focusing on performance together with the Swedish national team skater Josefin Taljegård.