I was 10 years old the first very time I skated. I held on to the side of the rink for the first couple of laps, and my sweet friend took me by the hand, skated really fast, and let go! I was magically able to skate on my own and it was at that moment...I knew skating was the best thing ever! My mom signed me up for skating lessons a few months later. I skated for about four years, but my last two years were dedicated to synchro. We practiced a lot. My parents and I practically lived at the rink!
My parents found some of my medals in their storage while moving.
When I was a freshman in high school, I joined my school's dance team. I eventually had no time for skating and had to quit. Fast forward 10 years later, I was a 25 year old workaholic that desperately needed a hobby. I spontaneously decided I wanted to be on a synchronized skating team again!
To my surprise there was an adult synchro team in my area. I contacted the coach and found out I needed a loop and flip for tryouts. I thought, “Piece of cake!” I went to a public skate soon after and I could only do a crappy one foot spin and a lousy waltz jump. I two-footed the landing of every flip attempt, and I was too scared to even try a loop. I could still skate super fast, but I had to stop and catch my breath frequently. I felt very old and out of shape.
So, I signed up for adult learn to skate classes, and slowly got my flip and loop back. It took a few months to land a loop jump, and it took almost a year to get my flip consistent! I tried out for the synchro team in August 2011. Tryouts were amazing and I made the team! Sadly, it was going to cost about $3,000 a year and I couldn't afford that on a teacher salary. I didn't join the team after all, but I continued to take skating classes. I started private lessons this past summer and I now skate 2 - 3 times a week.
My biggest challenge for the longest time was my endurance and having free time to commit to skating. My weekends haven't been as busy these past few months, and I joined a gym in January to help strengthen my core, flexibility, and endurance. The gym has helped my skating a lot! My jumps are much bigger and I started working on my axel a few weeks ago. I’m super excited, because I feel like I’m almost as good as I was 12 years ago. I can’t imagine my life without figure skating now. I’m so glad I randomly decided to try skating again!