Figure skating

Figure Skater, Ice Skater, Ice, Elegant

“Wow, did you find that!? I requested Williamson County Wildlife Removal sitting on the seat next to me. I’d just witnessed the most amazing leap as I was putting on my skates in the lobby, preparing to step onto the ice for the first time after a nearly decade-long hiatus. The skater next to me replied nonchalantly,”Oh, that?
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’d only seen ice skating on tv, where professional figure skaters appeared to execute jumps effortlessly, almost as if they were just dancing, and not barreling down the ice rink at 20 mph. And, I must tell you that nothing prepares you to find that kind of power and speed 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 this time, I got to see a whole lot of great skating like that all the time. It was my new home rink and that I was still an amateur skater, just getting to know the sport. Seeing the raw power of that jump, and the perfect landing made me want learn how to jump and spin and do those tricks that 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. She introduced to me the notion of either learning how to roller skate or ice skate because she thought a hobby with a workout facet would be good for my health. Initially, I thought about roller blading, but the roads around our house were irregular, and had plenty of cracks, which made it difficult to roller blade, so I picked ice skating since there was an ice rink near our house. It was that simple!
I returned to the game at age 21, and ever since then, I’ve learned many spins and lots of jumps and all of the moves in between. And yes… I the flip I saw David perform that fateful day. Over the years I took on new elements, practiced themtook quite a few drops, got back up and eventually mastered them.
I’ll let you know, there is no better feeling in the world than learning how to spin so fast it feels like you’re floating over the ice, or the short weightlessness you feel when executing a jump – it is almost like flying. And learning how to control your borders, the way to stick the landing and move through footwork like it were a melody played out before you. It took years to master some of these moves but they have been the best years of my life, because I didn’t just learn the physical moves, but gained the confidence that comes with mastering difficult physical routines!
In addition to learning elements, I learned a few other things along the way too such as discipline and perseverance, attention to detail and elegance, strength, and confidence – all of which have served me well on and off the ice. I spent many hours in the rink drilling and working hard on my elements and that I did this as frequently as possible not because somebody told me to, but because I loved it! I even went so far as to take gymnastics and dance lessons in order to enhance body awareness and grace, and I cross trained off the ice so I could become strong and confident. All of this spilled over into other aspects of my life and created the person I am now.
I should mention that I did almost all my skating as an adult. I realize ice skating as a sport can be intimidating, particularly for adults, but regardless of your age, you can participate at any level you would like 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. You can simply do it once a week, recreationally, and just have fun, or you can do it every day if you wanted to for an amazing exercise routine.
Another fantastic part is that there is not a learning barrier. You can take lessons from a professional trainer, or simply get a learn-to-skate program and practice on your own, at your own pace and comfort level. The main thing for adults to realize is that everyone can learn (men and women ) and nobody is too old! During my years, I’ve met all ages and people from all walks of life on the ice and have formed great friendships and come to realize that everyone 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 amazing 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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