The film Rise is available for a limited time on www.icenetwork.com. It’s particularly recommended for all figure skaters, regardless of level. It deals with the aftermath of the plane crash of Feb 15, 1961 that killed our entire world team. It’s an honest, candid conversation with Peggy Flemming, Brian Boitano, Dorothy Hamill, Scott Hamilton, Michelle Kwan, and many other icons of our sport.
While figure skating may not be of interest to many people, this one accident was our equivalent of losing the entire NFL starting lineup to the same tragic event. It was that devastating. In the wake of disaster, the process of rebuilding US figure skating began. Instantly skaters who were not yet on the Olympic stage were propelled to the forefront. Some, including new mother Barbara Roles were asked to come back to skate. Only outstanding athletes succeeded under that added pressure.
The pressure of a career in figure skating can be profound, but the rewards can be immense. Our champions are household names among people who do not follow figure skating. Skaters and parents both are advised to watch this film together. Becoming a champion takes dedication, heart, and a belief in one’s self. All things are possible with the right attitude. The relationship between the skater, parent and coach are critical, and all three must be working towards the same goal.
That goal may or not be an Olympic gold medal, but may be competing in the US Figure Skating Adult skating program, or Ice Skating Institute’s Adult competitions. There are a myriad of opportunities open to skaters of all levels, not only here in Florida, but nationally and internationally as well. Are you an adult who used to skate as a child? Are you an adult who wants to start skating? There is a place for you. This sport transcends age. Skating is a great way to stay fit and involve your friends in a fun aerobic activity.
Whether you’re a seasoned competitor who is training to fulfill an Olympic dream or an adult who wants to learn to skate, Florida is a great place to be. With some of the best coaches and facilities in the country, you have the opportunity to indulge a passion that could last a lifetime. It’s also the best way to escape the heat and get exercise at the same time. Skating can be fun for the whole family!
Do you have a passion to experience the freedom of flying across the ice? Contact your local ice rink for more information. Here are some closest to Orlando: The Ice Factory www.icefactory.com, RDV Sportsplex http://www.rdvsportsplex.com/florida-orlando-rdv-sportsplex-ice-den, Space Coast Iceplex www.spacecoasticeplex.com.