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Category Archives: china 2012 spring
(Sept 29) Yesterday we wrapped up the 2-day Jin Xi Lake Competition. China’s score placed them in 1st and us in a close margin behind, in 2nd… Arik Lebda got most valuable male in the Jin Xi tournament. The tournament trophy looks like a huge flower vase, we hope to bring it to the ski team banquet to drink out of it.
We did ski great. The second show their jump sank and 1 boat choked, so we got creative on the spot. Our solid individual and team skills made it easy to successfully put out new strap and conventional partners, new barefoot montage including barefoot pyramid, and swiveling next to a pyramid in a circle pattern, to name a few.
Fun China Tidbits:
- A trash can said (exactly as spelled here): “Protect Circum Stance begin with me”.
- Our hotel room key controls the electricity in our room, we slide it into a panel for the electricity to run in the room. Fabulous idea for electricity consumption control, however they do allow for 2 room keys.
- The hot phrase for the trip is officially “Plans change!”
Today we pack up everything and head out to a new city. Travel will include some site-seeing along the way.
Thanks Mad-City for this opportunity of a life-time! Ski Strong, Live Strong.
Just a brief update today… We heard that the Chinese won the first day of the competition, Mad-City won the 2nd day of the competition and the Chinese team was the overall winner.
Robb Wruck (on the Mad-City team) won the Most Valuable Male Skier and a Chinese skier won Most Valuable Female Skier.
The team received a police escort to the hotel after their long trip. After practicing on Monday, the team started the competition on Tuesday. The day started off with the opening ceremony in the morning, fireworks, red carpets, speeches and a huge crowd. Both Mad-City and the Chinese did 5 acts each. Side-by-side pyramids with the Chinese, shoe & air chair, swivel, 4-high, jump & barefoot.
Here are some pictures from their trip so far.
The Mad-City Ski Team is on their way to China again. This morning 15 people began their journey to China to compete against the Chinese Ski Team in an international competition.
The team members are Abby Kothe, Katie Kothe, Maddie Kothe, Kendra Sanderfoot, Ann Tieman, Sara Tubbs, Brea Imse, Arik Lebda, Dan Hansen, Brad Meier, Eric Patterson, Mark Sanderfoot, Russ Tieman, Jerry Wesner and Robb Wruck.
Today they fly to Beijing and tomorrow they finish up their trip by flying from Beijing to He fei and then take a 2 hour bus trip to Tong ling where they’ll be skiing.
April 30th will be their practice day and then the competition starts on May 1st and concludes on the 2nd.
On the afternoon of the 2nd, they’ll visit the Jiu hua mountain. On May 3rd, they’ll visit the Huang Mountain and then travel to Hang zhou by bus. On the 4th they’ll travel to Shanghai by bus, enjoy a quick shopping trip and then return home on a flight from Shanghai to Chicago and then back to Madison by bus.