It was a private event. A dinner to close the Russia-Singapore Business Forum, an ice rink on the beach at Sentosa, sponsored by Russia's biggest private investment bank, Troika Dialog.
Who were skating?
Performances by the highest-level Russian skaters like Alexei Yagudin, Alexander Abt, Ilia Klimkin, Victoria Volchkova, pair skaters Tatiana Totmianina & Maxim Marinin, and ice dancers Tatiana Navka & Roman Kostomarov... just to name a few. It was wonderful to be sitting rink-side watching their performances!
What was more, SISA was also given an opportunity to showcase our local talent. Two Singaporean skaters skated their programs: 10-year-old Ng Yi Ching and 14-year-old Alexandria Wong. They both skated clean, and maintained terrific composure both on and off the ice. Jonnansical Boo also skated in a last-minute tie-up with Russian skater Ilia Averbukh.
Why was I there?
SISA committed to have 5 coaches on-site to help out with the open skating session after the performances. We didn't have to do much though - most of them were just natural! There were also a few who had skated before and tried spirals, jumps & spins.
It was past midnight by the time we left (and I had an early morning lesson this morning, so needless to say, I am still half asleep!) but it was quite an enjoyable night. How many times do I get to skate in a rink on the beach - that looked right out onto the sea? That was fun!