BU Figure Skating Club Combines Athleticism and Artistry

BU Figure Skating Club Combines Athleticism and Artistry


I can’t really imagine life without skating. It’s been a part of my life for over 15 years,
and it’s such a foundation to who I am, and I’m just so glad that I stuck with it. I never thought that I would be competing
like for a school, or that I’d even be skating in college. It’s just really funny to think that like
this is a really large part of my life now. When you just realize like what the ice lets
do, kind of fall in love with it. There’s so many memories that I have that
are so sated with the ice that even just walking into the rink, I get feelings of like exhilaration
and empowerment. Figure skating is my happy place. It’s sort of like you spend all your day cooped
up in a classroom, and you’re stiff, and your hunched over writing. And then you get on the ice and your whole
body transforms. You’re on like half-inch blades, and the fact
that you can do jumps, multiple revolutions, land on one foot, and it all somehow works
out? There’s something really magical about that, when
you think that I can do that. It’s something that makes me feel really beautiful
and pretty, as well as athletic and strong, and that’s something that’s a really unique
combination. Not many sports combine the two because you
have to be super athletic to do the jumps, but you also have to be able to perform those
in the moment with a choreographic program. We can all go in do jumps and spins and steps
and all that, but a program is really combining that with the artistry and putting it to a
piece of music. It’s the choreography and the transitions,
and you’re expression in between ’cause that’s what makes every skater different. Especially when the music comes on, it’s a
way for me to like channel my expressiveness and use my body as a medium to convey how
I’m feeling. When it’s really working, you have this nice
flow in your program, when you can kind of turn your brain off, and you’re just so in
the moment. You have to be very confident in yourself
and believe in yourself, and just know that you can do it because as soon as you have
fear, it won’t work. “Vulnerable” is a good word to describe it. Like the fact that you’re standing there by
yourself, and everyone’s looking at you. So ’til I go through and skate a clean program
where you land all your jumps, and you really express — it’s really one of the best feelings
I’ve ever had. Life feels like it slows down, and you’re
more aware, and it’s just exhilarating. It’s almost like nothing can go wrong in your
day, and you feel on top of the world. You really feel like there’s nothing you couldn’t
do.

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