Junior ladies competitor Camille Davis definitely has home ice advantage this week in Salt Lake City. She’s a regular on the ice at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex, which is located just a few miles from her dorm at the University of Utah, where she is a fulltime freshman.
On the flipside, she has missed most of the other competition, including the senior events of the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, to be in class.
“It’s an honor to be able to be part of this event. It’s amazing to have the international skaters here. Their presence makes it’s very exciting and motivating. I’m a skating fan in general so this is great,” Davis said. “Unfortunately, I have missed their events because, you know, I have to be in class.”
While other skaters at the novice and junior levels are gushing about the fact they are getting an early fall break, Davis is still juggling classes and skating like she does on a daily basis.
“I’m always running from one thing to the next. I take classes in the morning and at night so I can train in the middle of the day,” she explained. “I think I’m in bed by about 8:45 every night because I’m so tired when I get back.”
Despite a tiring schedule, Davis is enjoying the college life.
“I love it,” she gushed. “It’s so fun. I even room with a dancer on the school’s ballet team so we understand each other’s crazy schedules. We do have one roommate who’s in a sorority and she’s usually coming home at 3 a.m. We are always asleep.”
The aspiring surgeon will miss another competition on Saturday. No, we’re not referring to the senior free dance.
“The U,” as the University of Utah is affectionately known around here, hosts the rival BYU Cougars at the Rice-Eccles Stadium tomorrow night. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. While most eyes will be on the 50-yard line, Davis’ eyes will be closed.
The junior ladies free skate begins at 7:50 a.m. on Sunday. Davis is in seventh place going after the short program.
“I am going to a pre-game party, but I have to go to bed early,” she said. “Before I came to the ‘U,’ I was a BYU fan. But not anymore, I’m definitely rooting for my school.
“On Sunday morning I don’t think I will have any problem figuring out who won.”