On The Edge... Again
Fast Forward 32 years. Starting January 2, 2012, I am back on the ice doing something else that was unheard of .... Adult Figure Skating. We had "coffee club", which was like adult swim, but there was no opportunity for testing or competition.
It has now been 8 years since I got back on the ice. I have not competed since 2016 , but my blog is still going. My YouTube channel has over 1600 subscribers. That’s just crazy!
Friday, April 26, 2013
I don't ordinarily skate on club ice. I have the luxury of being one of a few adult skaters at my rink and my mid morning skating and lessons can be done on our public session. I am so grateful to the rink and my coach for this. Skating is EXPENSIVE. But for me it's more about having the ice to myself as an adult and not having 20 Preliminary-Intermediate level skaters to dodge while I am practicing my Moves in the Field.
So now that I have the jacket, I better get back on the ice and start preparing for my next goal: a competition in June and July and taking my Adult Bronze Free Skate Test and Adult Silver Moves In The Field Test.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Singles, Pairs, Dance, Dramatic and Light Entertainment categories.
I hope to attend next year as a skater in both the Technical Free Skate and the Dramitic Free Skate Bronze level. It's going to take a lot of hard work.
After many hours of watching previous years on Ice Network, I was not surprised by the diversity of age and talent. Primarily I went to witness, first hand, how the logistics, competitiveness, support and camraderie among skaters (especially my age) was. I was very pleasantly surprised. I was so interested in watching the skating I didn't take any photos of the venue or the crowds.
Personally I had 2 skating friends competing. Hank Landis (Adult Silver Mens IV Free Skate) and Sheila Geisler (Adult Bronze Ladies V Free Skate) - both representing Spokane and the Lilac City Figure Skating Club. They both did us proud. Hank (Ralph) Landis placed 3rd out of 5 gentlemen in his category and level. Sheila Geisler placed 2nd out of 7 ladies in her category and level.
Adults are grouped into 2 categories.
1. By skating ability
...... after that you must incorporate yourself into the "standard track"
g. Senior (Michele Kwan, et al)
...... those who skate at the Adult Gold, Intermediate or higher at Adult Nationals may qualify to compete in the Championships round at Nationals by placing 1st-4th at Sectionals (Pacific - Mid West - Eastern) in March of the same year.
Skaters of any age do not need to "qualify" to skate at Adult Nationals except for Championships. You only need to have passed the Free Skate Test of the level you are competing in prior to a specified date before registration to compete.
Have I lost you?
Secondly, Adults are broken into age groups for a somewhat fairer playing field.
Group I: 21-30 years
Group II: 31-40 years
Group III: 41-50 years
Group IV: 51-60 years
Group V: 61 and older
There is a little more to the rules, but I will stop here.
I am currently skating as Adult Bronze Ladies IV (there, I gave my age away).
Before I can skate at next years nationals I have to pass my Bronze Free Skate Test.
I have already taken my Bronze Moves In The Field Test and I am currently practicing my Silver Moves In The Field. Moves are much easier to accomplish than the free skate.
Ok, enough blather. Here's a few shots of my friends in Scottsdale: