Cold-EEZE held a caption contest in November, and our fan, Paula, suggested the winning caption… and in doing so, earned the trip of a lifetime! We sent Paula and her friends to Sioux City, Iowa to see the Brian Boitano Skating Spectacular live, where they had the opportunity to go backstage and mingle with figure skating superstars!
The key to Paula’s victory was a simple play on words. She recognized that the skater in the photo was Rachael Flatt , and thought of using her last name as a double meaning (like, “that’s flat out wrong”). Then she played around with the idea of Cold-EEZE’s connection to skating and Rachael’s fantastic spin until she came up with the final “She’s Flatt crazy for Cold-EEZE!”
Paula tells us that she almost missed the notification that she had won, because she didn’t read the email. “When it finally sank in,” she told us, “I was shocked and elated.”
Once Paula and her friends touched down in Sioux City, the fun really began: between staying in a beautiful room at the Hilton Garden Inn Sioux City Riverfront, seeing the skaters rehearse, watching the exciting taping of the show live, and meeting Brian Boitano and the other skating stars from the show, Paula got the VIP treatment.
Fiona Augar, Marketing Coordinator for ProPhase Labs (makers of Cold-EEZE) hosted Paula and her friends in Sioux City and said, “The whole day was amazing. It was such a pleasure to spend the day with Paula, Tony, Teresa and Jerry. This was my first experience at a skating event, but I learned that Paula and Tony are skating enthusiasts!”
Backstage, Paula mingled with the stars and shared in their behind-the-scenes secrets. She got to meet Ryan Bradley, 2007 U.S. National Silver Medalist and tells us that he has “such a natural smile.”
Skating pair, Irina Grigorian & Mikhail Panin performed a routine with large metal cubes—“those props were sitting backstage, so we were able to touch them and feel how light they were!”
Another skating star, Yuka Sato, “was very outgoing,” Paula shares. Paula particularly appreciated that Yuka offered to sign their programs without being asked. “I tend to be a little shy about approaching people… I think she sensed that shyness and reached out on her own.”
Paula and her friends were also invited to tour the NBC bus, with all of the television controls and monitors, “It was “very daunting,” Paula reveals. “I have no idea how anyone could remember all of those controls!”
As you might imagine, there was one feature event of the experience: “Meeting Brian Boitano was a dream come true,” Paula raves.
Boitano’s multi-talents, skating and personality were some of the things that first attracted Paula to the sport…“He was my first love in skating and has remained one of my favorite skaters.” It sounds like Brian is an all-around skating sweetheart, too: “He was very nice and natural with all of the fans, and he has a confidence that makes him easy to be around!” Paula assured us.
We’re so happy that Paula and her friends had such a great time – it really sounds like the trip of a lifetime. And to think that this unique experience was the result of the simple act of entering our contest and coming up with a clever caption. With odds like that, who knows, maybe you’ll be next!
Tell us: what part of the trip sounds the best to you?
Stay tuned for more fun contests. And, don’t forget to check out the photo album of the trip from Fiona and Paula on Facebook.com/ColdEEZE!