Boardwalk Blog (#7)

by Michelle Wojdyla, Special to U.S. Figure Skating Online
Tiffany Stiegler and Sergey Magerovskiy moved up four places in the original dance.

(10/21/05) - Friday, 4:50 p.m.

Just realized there is no time to go out for dinner. Fortunately, the catering has arrived. I have 15 minutes to have some yummy hot veggies before I have to get ready to dive into the original dance.

Friday, 5:14 p.m.

Met with Tiffany Stiegler and Sergey Magerovskiy in the mixed zone following their original dance. They received mostly level fours, so Tiffany was asked about that.

“I couldn't imagine us going out there trying half-a—“

She caught herself just in time. Smiled. And restated the answer. But now you all know what she almost said

Friday, 7:05 p.m.

I am officially cranky. This is one of those times when the schedule is insane and I want to scream. I hate when the events are back to back with only 15 minutes in between. There is no time to transcribe my tape of quotes, write something coherent and correct, or make it to the ladies room. I dash out to the one past the Zamboni, and the flower sweepers have invaded. Being angry at cute little girls who are really excited makes me feel like an evil person.

7:16 p.m.

Apologies to Idora Hegel, but my OD article is done and I'm ready to cover the ladies.

7:37 p.m.

Emily Hughes is one classy young lady. Rough skate and still faces a crowd of reporters with a smile on her face. And she gives good quotes. I can't imagine having to perform at an elite level after being hospitalized for meningitis. I'm whiny because my speed writing is nonexistent. I need to suck it up.

8:45 p.m.

I'm trying to get my ladies article done so I can concentrate on the men. I can hear the crowd through the curtain and they are really into the programs tonight. That's very cool.

9:45 p.m.

Article is done.

10:01 p.m.

Evan Lysacek is skating and literally a group of reporters, myself included, are singing the lyrics to “Grease.” We can't get the reporter from USA Today to do the men's part of “Summer Lovin'” so we sing in low voices for those parts. The security guard is dancing.

10:20 p.m.

The “cheat sheet” is a list of the planned elements for each skater that is given to the media. Kevin van der Perren is making his program up as he goes, and there is furious scratching out and re-writing by the reporters.

11:10 p.m.

Men's press conference. Daisuke's English is not very good, so Akiko Tamura, a writer/photographer from Japan who lives in New York, offers to help translate. Props to her.

Evan Lysacek is getting pretty comfortable working the press. That is never a bad thing. He gives good quotes. Good quotes are my friend.

Brian Joubert does the whole press conference in English. I think this is the first time. Props to Brian.

I am using “props” tonight because Jamie Silverstein used it earlier in relation to Tanith & Ben, and I liked how it sounded. So props to Jamie, too.

Evan once again mentions his dislike for hair product. John Zimmerman would be so disappointed.

Friday—no, Saturday, 12:25 a.m.

Paul Harvath has given me a mini-Hershey Bar. He still rules.

And that's it for me. Off to my wonderful Sheraton bed.