I took my Gold freestyle test this week, and I have to say that it was seriously disappointing. I wasn't nervous, and I felt really good after I landed my first jump in the program - a flip. It was solid, high, and strong. I two-footed the axel, and my combination spin (a camel-back sit) did not go as well. The back sit wasn't as low as it needed to be. Then, by some freak accident, I messed up the back spin in a really bad way. The back spin is my second strongest spin (next to my sit spin) and I have never had a bad one in the past... oh, maybe 7 years? Of course, my spin decided not to show up today. I caught a bad edge and couldn't even get around one revolution. It was bad. Needless to say, I did not pass.
I had attended a morning freestyle and that felt good. My warmup was fine with the exception of my combo spin. I honestly don't know what happened. My nerves didn't get the best of me, my mind was focused, so I am pretty stumped. Coach B said that I looked nervous and hesitant. The judges noticed too, as their comments reflected that.
The good news is that I wasn't that far off from passing - just 0.2, which is very close. The judges wanted to see more strength and power in my skating, which they said was lacking. I know that I am a better skater than what they saw in that test, so I am disappointed in myself.
I was hoping to skate at Adult Nationals next April at the Gold level but now I don't know what to do. I'd prefer not to have to skate at Silver since I do not have a Silver program, and my personal schedule is going to be very chaotic starting next week. The next test session for the club isn't until February, and that will be past the deadline for Nationals. The other option is that I could try to test at another rink (and pay out-of-club fees).
Freestyle has been my forte until today, and I guess I just have had too much going on outside work that it affected me today. That's the only reason I can think of for my horrible skate. Either that or the judges had a bad day. The two other adult skaters (one testing Silver and the other testing Bronze) did not pass either. None of us received a passing mark from a single judge, so that's 9 failed scores all in a row.
I guess the good news is that the weaknesses the judges saw are very fixable. I got good comments on my choreography and elegance, and the lutz received full credit. Now back to work...