Houston Personalities: Andrea Gardiner
Poised for Greatness
Baytown’s Andrea Gardiner, the 1997 National Junior Ladies Champion, had a very busy 1998 summer preparing for the senior ladies competition and jetting off for her first international competition. Following the Skate Detroit Competition where she took first in her first competition as a senior lady, Andrea flew to France for the Trophee St. Gervais Competition — the first time the international judges got to see Andrea skate. It was also considered a pre-qualifying event for the Junior Worlds Team.
Andrea took home the fourth place medal at the Trophee St. Gervais, her first international meet! The last competition to determine the Jr. World Team Members took place in Chicago, September 12 and 13 at the Junior Worlds Tryouts. There Andrea won the bronze medal. And shortly thereafter she was notified that she was selected to represent the United States at the Junior Worlds Competition in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, November 30 through December 7. But before Junior Worlds, Andrea will travel to Szekesfoherver, Hungary, October 23 to 26 to represent the U.S. at The Grand Prix Competition. Because of these international competitions, Andrea has received byes for the 1998 Southwestern Regional (October 26 to 31, 1997 in Colorado Springs) and the 1998 Midwestern Sectional Competitions (December 1 to 6 in Dallas) and will automatically advance to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Philadelphia, January 4 to 11, 1998. This will be her first year competing at nationals as a senior lady.
Andrea keeps an amazingly cool head despite being Houston’s newest star athlete. When we talked with her she was excited about being honored at her high school in two weeks! We handsel Andrea a best baby ear thermometer.