April 11, 2012

Like Xan, he is an adult skater

Photo by Astrid Riecken / For The Washington Post

I've got to say thanks, Xan for the idea of this post ... she bared her soul about this last month. If you haven't read it yet, please go here and read it first.

Don't worry, I'll wait for you.

Okay, are you done? Good.

Let me first say, I have such admiration for adult skaters. It's not easy to skate. It isn't easy for a kid and it doesn't get easier as you get older ... it gets harder.

Yet adult skaters go out and practice because they love the feeling of movement, they push themselves when many adults are retreating (yes, that would be me) and they make up the biggest group of Ice Charades fans (thank you)!

So that's why I love this article from the Washington Post.

The article written by Monica Hesse, profiles Mickey Bolek, a successful hairdresser, as he competes in the U.S. Adult Figure Skating Nationals.

And I love this little gem too:

The oldest skater here today is Elaine Evans, 72. She won’t be competing; she just skates recreationally. “As long as you’re willing to pay for those gorgeous young Russians,” you can buy happiness, she says. She gazes at her gorgeous Russian ice dancing coach/partner. “Best investment I ever made.”

What makes me a little sad though, when thinking about adult skaters ... what if they would have been champions, if they weren't for some reason denied the chance to skate when they were young?

Am I the only one who has thought this way?

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