Monday, October 24, 2016

Joel in Stonehenge, United Kingdom! 10-24-16

My son Joel shared this photo today from Stonehenge, United Kingdom! He's have an amazing time in this European Disney On Ice Frozen tour!  He says these rocks have been here for 4,500 years!  Also, he commented that the English countryside is so beautiful and that he feels like he is in Narnia!

Lakewood Ice - Ice Hockey Skating Fun - Monday, 10-24-16

I skated today at Lakewood Ice. I started out in figure skates, but when this little four year old boy in ice hockey skates got on the ice, I changed into my hockey skates and had the best time playing with him and helping a young 21 year old man who had just begun to skate and hopes to play hockey.

The public was really empty (only about 5 or 6 people on the ice!), so all of a sudden, all of us on the ice that were skating began socialzing in our hockey skates and I had the best time.

What was fun today was that I just shared my love of skating without thinking about getting paid ...and that made it extra fun!

This photo was taken by the very friendly and nice skate guard. Lakewood Ice is a really fun ice rink!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Congratulation Card to Annabelle From Broadmoor Skating Club Board of Directors!

Annabelle just received a wonderful congratulation card for becoming a US Figure Skating SEXTUPLE Gold Medalist from the Broadmoor Skating Club board of directors!

Annabelle represented Los Angeles Figure Skating Club since when she competed in pairs with her brother Joel, one partner needed to be from the Pacific Coast section, but almost all her skating tests were taken at the Broadmoor Skating Club and her 2nd club is Broadmoor Skating Club.

What a wonderful surprise it was for her to open up and read this card yesterday morning! Thank you Broadmoor Skating Club!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

My son Joel is off to England and Europe! 10-9-16

My son Joel left for England this morning 10-9-16....the Disney On Ice Frozen tour will tour much of England (with a week or so in Ireland squeezed in) through the end of 2016. Then he goes to Sweden, Norway, Finland, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, and France! We won't see him back in Colorado until mid-April 2017.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Annabelle in SKATING Magazine - October, 2016

Thanks to Rebecca Skiest Simon for sending me this...we haven't received our SKATING Magazine for Oct 2016 yet...I'm so proud of Annabelle!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Los Angeles Figure Skating Club Recognizes Annabelle's SIX Gold Medals!

Annabelle could not attend the 2016 Los Angeles Figure Skating Club awards ceremony since she had a conflicting event she had to be at, so my dad and I attended so that I could accept her last two good medals. She's a US Figure Skating SEXTUPLE Gold Medalist, and I'm so grateful to the Los Angeles Figure Skating Club for recognizing her MAJOR achievement and milestone!


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Opinion: Why Does Figure Skating Sometimes Cause Parents to Act Crazy?

I've been involved in figure skating as a skater, coach, and also a parent for over 50 years and I've made observations about the sport during all my years involved in our wonderful sport.

As I have observed what happens to the lives of figure skating families, I have determined that some skating parents change as they get more and more involved with the sport of figure skating, and that the changes that happen are not always positive changes.

When I have sat in the stands at a skating rink, watching my own children practice, parents of other figure skaters have chatted with me.  These interactions have almost always been conversations about our children.

Quite often, a parent who looks "so normal on the outside" might tell me what his or her family has sacrificed for figure skating.  These conversations almost always are similar.

Usually, these families have at least two or three children, and these families have relocated for skating or are considering relocating for the sport.  There's a father at home working one to three jobs supporting their children's skating passion and sometimes it seems that there is one "normal" child that has been left back home who wants nothing to do with the sport.  

Then, I'm told about how much money a family has spent on the sport and I learn about the child's goals,   I learn about the rink, skating club, and coaching changes that have been made and I also learn about the child's skating achievements.  I learn that the child is "doing school online" or the family has made special and/or untraditional arrangements for their child's education.  

Not always, but sometimes when I have these conversations, the parent may ask me about my own children's skating.  I have discovered that those questions are not always asked out of polite interest, but to compare my children's skating accomplishments to the child or children of the parent I've just met.  These parents sometimes have no interest in getting to know me, my children, or other skating families.

Usually, these conversations, which are similar in nature, do not leave me with a "warm-fuzzy" feeling; instead, I find these conversations draining. As time has passed, for my own well-being, I skate myself or take a bike ride (or scooter ride) instead of sitting in an ice arena's stands.

I asked a famous skating coach once why she thought figure skating seems to create "crazy skating parents," and her answer was that all those years of sitting inside a cold ice arena could make anyone crazy!

In my opinion, what causes parents of figure skaters to act crazy is that our sport costs so much money and takes up so much time.  Also, there is a desire to see our children be the best and the drive to become the best may unbalance a family's life.  I am sad when I hear that marriages may end because of figure skating.

Anyway, if you are a parent of a figure skater who is reading this, I recommend that you take the time to look at your reasons for your involvement in our sport.

Years from now, no one is going to remember or care if your child participated on the Junior Grand Prix Circuit, landed a triple, made "Nationals," or won a medal at a qualifying or non-qualifying competition.

Is your family's life balanced?  If so, that is great, but if not, take the time to step back and decide if figure skating may be making you act crazy.

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