We left home about 6:30 to catch the sky train to Pacific Coliseum to watch a figure skating training session for both men and pairs. We knew we would miss the first "flight" (group of figure skaters), but I wasn't about to get up at 5:00 to be there when the doors opened. As it was, I was a little bleary eyed for quite a while. My first official "transfer" from sky train to a bus was completed with no trouble - being able to follow the crowds helped considerably. When we were dropped off at the bus station we had quite a walk to get to the actual entrance, I would guess it was a mile or more. They routed everyone in a very strange way to allow room for line ups and security check points, but boy was it a pain. After we made it into the building, we found our seats and scrunched in. (There was absolutely no leg room and we were looking at a four hour event.) Thankfully there weren't very many people at the venue yet.
We arrived in the middle of the second flight that contained Vaughn Chipeur and Evgeni Plushenko. Skating later in the morning in flight five were Johnny Wier and Patrick Chan; Jeremy Abbott and Evan Lysacek skated in flight six. I was able to get four different autographs: Stephan Lindeman from Germany, Zoltan Kelemen from Romania, Vaughn Chipeur from Canada, and Jeremy Abbott from USA. (The first picture is of Evan the second of Vaughn Chipeur.)
If pressed, I would have to admit to enjoying the men better than the pairs. I was a little miffed with the pairs skaters as the top five didn't bother to "train" that morning. So, all we saw were those that placed fairly low. Atleast with the men, everyone skated even if we didn't get to see their whole routine.We made it home with no hassels. Actually, the bus we got on, after eating lunch, was completely empty and we had a great conversation with the bus driver. It was great to get home and then to watch the pairs on t.v. that evening. So much fun, I'm so glad we got the tickets.