Lindsay van Zundert: “Everyone in the audience clapped during free program to the The Pirates of the Caribbean. I had never experienced that before.”
Interview with the Dutch champion Lindsay van Zundert. About Challenge Cup, preparation to Worlds and Kaori Sakamoto.
At the Challenge Cup Lindsay van Zundert scored the highest point total in her career: 176.84.
About her performance at the Challenge Cup
Lindsay van Zundert: It was the first performance of the season without a fall. I am very pleased with that. I told myself, “You are here for a reason, you can do it.” After the last jump, I was very relieved that everything worked out.
I think it’s quite an experience to be able to participate here. It is a good exercise for me in preparation for the World Championships. The level is very high, especially with a world champion at the competitions.
I had a very stupid final position. That made no sense. My choreographer had not fully completed that final position. So I thought, “We need to have a final position.” The pose in the short program was pretty nice, so we decided to use it for the free program as well. I wanted to finish on my knee, but then I lost my balance, and there was almost a fall. Luckily, I was able to mask it a bit.
About Kaori Sakamoto
Lindsay van Zundert: I happened to have to go to the doping control with Kaori Sakamoto. She couldn’t urinate. I was short of half the amount. We both had to wait and laugh, and we talked briefly with each other. That was a special moment. I feel that I am starting to find a bit of a place in this world. I hope this will motivate other children to take up figure skating as well.
About motivation to continue skating
Lindsay van Zundert: After the Games there were the World Championships, but after that it was like, “What now?” I’ve had a really tough summer mentally. I had reached the highest level achievable in terms of competitions, and I no longer had a goal for myself. In addition, all the media attention came, and suddenly it was all gone when I got home. I got some rest; my school was finished, so that obligation also disappeared. After the summer, I heard that I could skate at two senior Grand Prix, and that’s how it went quickly uphill. I started working very hard for that, and that way my motivation returned very quickly.
I talked a lot about it with my family. They are my number one. I can say anything I want to them. I also get a lot of support from both of my coaches. After the first competitions of the season in Oberstdorf, the competition jitters came back, and I knew I didn’t want to miss this feeling. Especially with my new programs. It is recognizable music (referring to the music of The Pirates of the Caribbean, ed.). Everyone in the audience clapped. I had never experienced that before.
I look at myself. I have to try to improve my own points and get the best out of myself. I have no influence on what the others do.
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