Blogger Hoang-Kim layering up in patriotic colors to watch figure skating at the Gangneung Ice Arena for 2018 PyeongChang OlympicsBlogger Hoang-Kim layering up in patriotic colors to watch figure skating at the Gangneung Ice Arena for 2018 PyeongChang Olympics Blogger Hoang-Kim layering up in patriotic colors to watch figure skating at the Gangneung Ice Arena for 2018 PyeongChang Olympics Blogger Hoang-Kim layering up in patriotic colors to watch figure skating at the Gangneung Ice Arena for 2018 PyeongChang Olympics Blogger Hoang-Kim layering up in patriotic colors to watch figure skating at the Gangneung Ice Arena for 2018 PyeongChang Olympics Blogger Hoang-Kim layering up in patriotic colors to watch figure skating at the Gangneung Ice Arena for 2018 PyeongChang OlympicsBlogger Hoang-Kim layering up in patriotic colors to watch figure skating at the Gangneung Ice Arena for 2018 PyeongChang Olympics Blogger Hoang-Kim layering up in patriotic colors to watch figure skating at the Gangneung Ice Arena for 2018 PyeongChang Olympics

I cannot believe how surreal the past week has been. It’s so crazy to believe more than a week ago, we traveled to PyeongChang to watch the 2018 Winter Olympic Games and Thursday night, Johnny and I watched the last even together on our sofa in the United States. It’s been the most incredible experience and there has been so darn good figure skating the past few weeks. I’ll write more on this below. I’ll be doing a full post on what you need to know about traveling to the Olympics soon along with a full travel guide, but I’m sharing some outfit snippets here. The weather wasn’t as cold as we thought, but layering up to stay warm is essential.

This lightweight hoodie is the softest thing you’ll ever feel. It’s perfect for layering up because it works great as a middle piece. Wear cashmere or wool underneath for warmth, then throw on either a thicker sweater or a jacket over. The fabric is ultra stretchy and such a dream to wear. Johnny has this same one and after being so in love with his, I decided I needed one, too! Plus, the thumb holes are super useful and make it easy to throw gloves over top. This will be a great piece to workout in because you can wear it for warm up or cool down. Scarves are another must have for me when it comes to layering up. This POLO scarf is patriotic and the texture keeps your neck and chest warm.

Before I move on to figure skating nerd talk, I want to give these winter boots a huge shout out. They are easily one of the most comfortable pairs of winter boots, ever. The wedge heel give me a little height boost while the silhouette makes it a little dressy. However, none of these impede the boots’ comfort. Gangneung Olympic Park is quite vast, featuring the Gangneung Ice Arena, Hockey Arena, Curling Center and Speed Skating Oval. This doesn’t even include the other “houses” by sponsors and concessions. Despite how much walking I did, my feet never hurt and I give credit to these boots.

Most of you may know I used to be a figure skater. Other than a quick stint as a “sweeper”, the girls who pick up the flowers and gifts thrown on the ice many moons ago, I’ve never seen skating of this caliber in person. Johnny and I made this Olympic trip to watch figure skating. If there was an opportunity to watch other events, we would get tickets there. However, jet lag and long days kept us from doing this. However, we are more than happy with the events we got to see! When we walked into the arena the scale and beauty is on another level. Trust me, I can easily see how standing down there on that ice with all the Olympic rings can make even the most prepared competitor nervous. There really isn’t another competition like the Olympics so I’m glad we made this our first big skating event to watch!

The first event we saw was the Mens Figure Skating Short Program, which was a crazy roller coaster for us. Nathan Chen didn’t skate the way he usually does, but it was still fun to watch Adam Rippon and Vincent Zhou skate two great performances. Not to mention the reigning Olympic Champ Yuzuru Hanyu and gold medal contender Javier Fernandez skated two spectacular programs!

When we came back the next day for the Mens Free Skate Nathan performed a history-making long program with six quads! That is absolutely insane and seeing that redeeming skate in person was incredible. He really came alive. Johnny and I were full force waving our American flag and screaming at the top of our lungs! We were able to run down closer to the edge of the rink after Nathan’s skate and watching him and his coach Raf hug for a long time when Nathan got off the ice was truly quite emotional. It was a moment where it was just the two of them and it seemed like everyone else disappeared.

Ice dancing is another event where Team USA has a strong presence. The three couples from Team USA all had a great shot at winning the bronze. Johnny and I couldn’t help but laugh when “Despacito” appeared to be the song of choice for the short dance, which was set to Rhumba style. Despite finishing in fourth after the short dance, our favorite team, the Shib Sibs (brother and sister Maia and Alex) skated and electric program to Coldplay’s Paradise. Let me tell you, you could feel the energy in the arena. It was truly the skate of their lives and I’m so thankful we got to be there in person. When they announced that was their music choice last year, I instantly knew we wanted to be there in person to witness their Olympic skate. They earned a bronze medal and Johnny and I stayed to watch the victory ceremony on the ice, which was so fun!