World team 2013

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Check out the pics from NYC! I’m so glad I got to visit this great city with my sister. It was a blast walking around and being tourists. I have been in the city a few times before, but not for about 5 years.

The world team trials were last month. Stressful as usual, with plenty of close calls and controversy. But that is what we have been training for all year. Preparing for that moment when all the fastest skaters are in the line together. I’m glad I can claim a spot on that line next to fellow world team members.
Half the year we train and prepare ourselves for trials. The other half we spend worrying about the race itself and making the team. Once at trials, all bets are off. At this point everything you do matters. There can’t be any mistakes since your spot on the world team depends on making clean passes and staying calm.
My world team trials were mostly great. The races were extremely close as I chased the other skaters for 6 spots on the world team. It was possibly my best performance ever and I placed second overall. I medaled in every distance we skated, which has been a goal of mine.

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Immediately following the racing I prepared for my trip to visit my family. I spent my time at home for the holidays; which I rarely get the chance to do with my hectic schedule. I went home (new jersey) for Christmas, my birthday and New Years. There’s nothing like spending quality time with your family.

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My next trip was to visit New York City. I was scheduled to have LASIK surgery with Dr. Pamel on the 4th. Luckily my sister was able to make the trip with me to help me adjust to my “new eyes.” We had a great time running around the city. We went everywhere: Central Park, Rockefeller center, Times Square. We spent four days roaming around and taking in the sights. Chelsea’s significant other, Dan also joined us. I was really glad we had the chance to take a trip together.
After the surgery it was like a whole different experience. I could hardly open my eyes at first, but I could still see better than 20/20. So that’s when the quote, “it’s like I was reborn” originated from. A lot if the other skaters have already gone through the procedure, so they agree that it is life-changing.
Here are a few pictures of our trip. Also some candid pics of me after the surgery.

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2 thoughts on “World team 2013

  1. Great blog,Christopher! You take some great photos, Love snowy drive up to Russell’s house. And Tracey’s Christmas table setting is very inviting. Was that Ross dressed as Santa?

  2. Great blog Toph. Love the birthday cake. Looks like the art work of your little (big) sister. Pictures are cool. Did you eat in the Brooklyn Diner? Bet Donna (Jr..) knows where that is. Wondering if you got to see any Empire Speed skaters while you were there??? Keep up the terrific blogging. Love reading it.

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