Figure skating

Figure, Skating, Championships, Dancing

“Wow, did you see that!? I asked Williamson County Wildlife Removal sitting on the bench next to me. I’d just witnessed the most amazing leap as I was putting on my skates in the lobby, getting ready to step onto the ice for the first time following a virtually decade-long hiatus. The skater alongside me replied nonchalantly,”Oh, that? Show off… “
I will never forget that day because up until that point I had never seen a leap like that up close and in person. I had only seen ice skating on tv, where professional figure skaters seemed to execute jumps effortlessly, almost as though they were just dancing, and not barreling down the ice rink at 20 miles per hour. And, I must tell you that nothing prepares you to find that kind of speed and power up close. What I also remember is that I saw David’s skates at almost eye level as they reached the top of the boards that day- almost 4 feet off the ground! That’s what I call flying!
At that rink, I got to see a lot of great skating like that all the time. Seeing the raw energy of that jump, and the ideal landing made me want learn how to jump and twist and do those tricks I saw the other skaters do, and I became determined to do what David did that day…
However, my skating career began much earlier, when I was about 9 years old. It all started one summer when my mom asked me if I wanted to take up a hobby for the summer. She introduced to me the idea of either learning how to roller skate or ice skate because she thought a hobby with an exercise facet would be good for my health. Initially, I thought about roller blading, but the streets around our house were uneven, and had lots of cracks, which made it difficult to roller blade, so I picked ice skating because there was an ice hockey rink close to our house. It was that easy!
I returned to the sport at age 21, and since that time, I have learned many spins and lots of jumps and all the moves in between. And yes… I even the flip I saw David perform that fateful day. Through time I took on new elements, practiced themtook quite a few falls, got back up and eventually mastered them.
I’ll let you know, there’s no better feeling in the world than learning how to spin so fast that it feels like you are floating above the ice, or the brief weightlessness you feel when executing a jump – it is almost like flying. And learning how to control your edges, the way to stick the landing and move through footwork like it were a melody performed before you. It took years to master some of those moves but they have been the best years of my life, since I did not just learn the physical motions, but gained the confidence that comes with mastering difficult physical routines!
As well as learning components, I learned some other things along the way too like discipline and perseverance, attention to detail and grace, strength, and confidence – all of which have served me well on and off the ice. I spent many hours at the rink drilling and working hard on my components and I did this as often as possible not because someone told me to, but because I loved it! I even went so far as to take gymnastics and dance courses in order to improve body awareness and elegance, and that I cross trained off the ice so that I could become strong and confident. All of this spilled over into other aspects of my life and created the person I am today.
I should mention that I did nearly all my skating as an adult. I realize ice skating as a sport can be intimidating, especially for adults, but no matter your age, you can participate at any level you want to. And the best aspect of studying ice skating as an adult is that you get to choose how often you engage in this amazing sport.
Another fantastic part is that there is not a learning barrier. You can take lessons from a professional coach, or just get a learn-to-skate program and practice by yourself, at your own pace and comfort level. The main thing for adults to realize is that everyone can learn (women and men) and no one is too old! During my years, I have fulfilled all ages and individuals from all walks of life on the ice and have formed great friendships and come to realize that anyone can learn how to skate!
I have been teaching skating for more than 15 years now and I really like passing on the passion of this remarkable sport! Come join me on the ice, and let me share the joys and personal development it can bring into your life!

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