Sorry in advance to all the people out there that are not big fans of figure skating! This blog will be all about skating.
Skating has always held a special place in my heart, and this weekend I finally got to do something I have always wanted to do. My parents and I headed down to St. Paul, MN to watch the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. It was a weekend I will never forget. So I decided to talk about something I have loved for a very long time.
I have been skating for about as long as I have been able to walk. But actually, I have been skating since I was about 3 years old. Skating kind of runs in the family on my mom’s side. All of my girl cousin’s were figure skaters, and my aunt and mom were both skaters. Being a little girl, I looked up to how my cousins were great skaters and I wanted to be just like them. So I followed in there footsteps and began taking lessons.
I competed individually and in synchro growing up. I was blessed with amazing coaches and teammates throughout it all. This made it easier to wake up at 5am every day of the week to make it to practice. It was always fun to compete individually and accomplish one jump or spin after the other, but I was more of a team player. Synchro was my favorite because of the competitions and the closeness of our team. Practice was long and a lot of hard work but it was spent with some of my best friends. Plus our coaches loved to have some fun during practice so we would mess around a little.
Competitions were full of more early mornings, lots of sparkly makeup, tight hair buns, and hours of camping out in the rink. The feeling of competing and showing everyone all the hard work we had put in was always so fun. I loved the adrenaline rush of skating in front of judges and a bunch of people. Sometimes it doesn’t go as well as you were hoping but that just means the next competition had to go even better.
As I got older, I wasn’t as much into individual skating. I decided to quit skating my senior year of high school to focus on getting ready for college and my new love, running. 😉 Our team was full of crazy girls that had loads of fun and worked well together. I will always look back at the time I spent with those girls as some of the best times while growing up. Thank you to all of my awesome teammates for the crazy bus rides, pre competition cheers, jam sessions, and all the tears and hugs we shared. You all rock!
This last Saturday night my mom and I headed over to the Xcel Energy Center to watch the finals for the women’s freeskate. To our surprise our seats were super close and in the perfect place. We watched a total of 4 hours of figure skating. For us that wasn’t long because we both love it so much. Before the competition started for the night, my mom and I were walking around checking out all the fun stuff they had for sale when we ran into one of favorite skaters growing up. Tanith Belbin White. For you non-skaters out there she was a pairs dance skater and was amazing at it. To add to her great talent, she is gorgeous.
Many of my other skating idols were there too. Michelle Kwan, Sasha Cohen, Evan Lysachek, and many others. It was so fun to watch the top skaters in the nation compete in person. Watching them made me miss skating and competing even more. To make it an even more amazing experience, my favorite skater won! The whole I was watching the competition, my eyes were glued to the ice. It was amazing to watch all of these girls skate and put everything into their performance. I hope I can go to another national championship to watch again.
On a side note… Sunday morning on our way out of town we of course had to go out to brunch with Lauren since she goes to school in the cities. It was a short visit but always fun to see her. When I texted Lauren about meeting up she responded, “Me and your parents are going to go out to eat, but you can sure join”. This is typical Lauren text. We’re both pretty close with each others families.
This weekend reminded me of my love for skating and how no matter what, even if I don’t skate anymore, it will always hold a special place in my heart. Thanks for reading about a little thing I love!
“A happy heart makes the face cheerful…” -Proverbs 13:15