EIGHT-year-old figure skater Miesha Cooke Smith has just enjoyed four fantastic days of ice skating.
At the end of January she represented Milton Keynes as a flower girl at the ISU European Ice Skating Championships. During the ladies’ short program she watched avidly as the best in Europe skated.
Two days later she was back on the ice, during the exhibition skating, when she again collected flowers and handed them to the skaters. Her highlight was getting a kiss on the cheek from newly crowned men’s champion Evgeni Plushenko.
Miesha then flew to Ljubljana, Slovenia, to take part in the Tivoli Cup where she met up with current Bosnian national champion skater Damjan Ostojic, who briefly trained and coached in Milton Keynes last year.
Miesha was delighted when he offered to help her warm up before she competed against 29 strong international entries in the CUBS category for skaters born in 2003.
Miesha was given the best marks for her skating skill by the judges, which enabled her to take fourth place overall – leaving her jubilant and eager to skate in international competitions again.
Returning to Milton Keynes late Sunday night, Miesha was back at Planet Ice early Monday morning to take, and pass, three tests to achieve NISA level four status.
This qualifies her to remain on the National Development Team based on her age and ability until July 2013.
Miesha trains at the Planet Ice rink and is coached by Boris and Inna Uspenski of the International School of Skating.
You can follow her progress via her website at www.miesha.co.uk