Reporting a crime is never fun. Reporting a crime and knowing that in doing so I might get in trouble also… is frustrating.
So far, no one had said anything to me about getting kicked out of the games because I had gotten in a fight. It didn’t really matter anyway because we wouldn’t be able to skate tomorrow. Or would we?
A radical idea hit me as we were walking back from the trainer.
“What if we removed all the lifts from our program? We could replace them with extra jumps and spins.”
“We have less than twenty-four hours,” Lara said. “How could we possibly redo our program with that short amount of time?”
“We’re not really redoing it, we’re just replacing a few elements with a few other elements.”
“Required elements,” she reminded me, as if I hadn’t thought of that.
“So, we’ll take a few deductions.” I shrugged. “Better than not being able to skate at all. Heck, our scores for the short program were so high, we might even have a chance to get a medal.”
“Coach is never going to approve of this,” Lara said.
“Let me talk to her,” I said. “I’ll just tell her that the doctor recommended that we tweak some elements in order to make it so that I don’t hurt my wrist even further. And then we’ll just get to work tweaking elements. She’d probably just let us roll with it.”
“What if someone decides that you will be disqualified for having gotten in a fight?”
“We’ll cross that bridge if we come to it. Let’s just tweak our free skate and see if we can make this work. At the very least we can say we tried. Shall we go see if we can get some emergency ice time?”
“Worth a shot.”
By the time our coach found us we were already on the ice and working and discussing which jumps we could fit in the program in place of the throws. We found it surprisingly easy. When coach worked with us, she didn’t realize exactly what we were doing. We were on the ice so long that she finally went up to her room to get ready for bed.
We never did run through the whole performance with the music except using my cell phone as a make-shift sound system. The following day was going to be an interesting experiment.
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