MEMORIES OF MOSCOW
The following are memories written by the Junior team. Only the spelling has been corrected!!
"Swapping with other countries was excellent. "Swap star". When we arrive in Moscow I couldn't believe the size of ourhotel and when we arrived at the pool, it was huge as well, so I decided Moscow was BIG!!! Unfortunately our showers were a bit temperamental, washing more of our bathroom than any person"
"Found the underground exciting and ornate. They were crowded 24 hours a day with hot people. The escalators were rapid and a few of us found them difficult to catch. Most momings we had a ride in the lift. lt was interesting to see the other countries and we were shocked with the standard. The Korean duet was amazing and I felt privileged to have seen it."
"Moscow was certainly not what I expected it to be like. My expectations of Russia in general have been altered, except having to eat the same things for breaKast, lunch and tea! lt made me grateful that I had bought food (yummy!). The strandard at this junior Worlds proves that the World is constantly on the move to high class synchro. Thanks to all the parents who supported us. lt was a great help. Junior Squad '97 has been a great laugh and travelling to Moscow made
it better. Some of my memories: Katherine's laughing fits in the middle of the night! Hearing Kathryn Pounder's life story,Vanessa belching in my ear and the earphone joke, Amy constantly complaining, and strong opinions, Lynsey and Deb
wanting to swap everything except their knickers, Nat and Ver being a good laugh all the time, Kerry feeling all right and Carolyn being chatted up by some dodgy Russian bloke!"
"Moscow is certainly an experience I will never forget. The country and the standard of competition were both amazing and it made me feel quite privileged to be one of the many competitors. The country itself was not as I expected. We visited Red Square and saw the most amazing Cathedrals and of course the Kremlin. The American team were really friendly and we learnt a lot about their training scheme. The first lift in their routine was really breathtaking. Some of the routines were too excellent for words (including the Korean duet who received a standing ovation frcm all the other countries). The most memorable parts of the trip . . . A mysterious bin in the lift (Katherine and Sarahll). . . Carolyn's dancing experiences and the savers club (Debbie, Lynsey and me!!). I really enjoyed the competition and leamt a lot from it."
"We thought it was a good omen for the Seniors that the movie Evita was shown on the plane because they swim to it."
"We won't forget Amy and her lip balm."
"We loved Moscow! apart from being stuck in between metro doors and having Russian dolls thrown at me from every direction. l've really enjoyed myself and the food left a lot to be desired but who cares, not us. Best bits . . . laughing my head off every day in a rcom with Nat. . . l've learnt that a little bit of Deep Heat goes a long way, literally!! Korea are cool!!"
"Well, Moscow was brill, we all had a great laugh. The squad really got on well and I though we were good as a team. Who would have believed that Verity and me would be next to each other in the figures!! The atmosphere at the competition was excellent, it made me proud to be there. As for the food, the best thing I had was MacDonalds. It was the only warm thing all week. The USA training costumes were really nice. I'm glad I've got one. But altogether thecompetition was excellent and I learnt a lot about the standard of other countries."
"l've learnt so much this week. I think that flat splits would come in handy in the future. l'm very grateful for being able to sign our flag. Here's to the next Junior Worlds. We'll knock their nose clips off and Win, Win, Win (in our dreams).'
"It's sad that we have to leave our friends that we have got on so well with in the last 6 months. Good luck to the next Junior Team. Thanks to all the supporters that came over, you were a great help."
"One of the most memorable things would have been swimming the team which we had worked on for so long. Although we were disappointed not to reach the finals it felt the best swim we had ever done (and we had done a lot).We really enjoyed swimming for our country. I know the Korean duet has already been mentioned, but it was the most amazing thing we had ever seen. The atmosphere of the audience brought smiles to our faces. The team got on really well and had loads of laughs.
"The main difference between internationals and national championships is the support that all
the countries give to eachother not just their own. I think there is only one thing I will remember
from this trip and that was the standing ovation that was given to the Korean duet. lt was
amazing for the audience to feel so strongly about the same routine. There were down points
to the trip . . . the toilet, smell and the food, but there were routines and sights to see.
When I carried the flag on the parade I felt privileged to be there on behalf of my Country."
THE JUNIOR GB TEAM