Community Spotlight: Bemidji Figure Skating Club’s 50th Brings Back Alumni From Every Decade

Community Spotlight: Bemidji Figure Skating Club’s 50th Brings Back Alumni From Every Decade


IT EACH AND EVERY DAY, AND I’M EXCITED.>>THANKS. FOR THE LAST FIFTY YEARS, SKATERS OF ALL AGES AND EXPERIENCE LEVELS HAVE IMPROVED THEIR SKILLS WITH THE EXPERTS AT THE BEMIDJI FIGURE SKATING CLUB. FOR THIS WEEK’S COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT, MAL MEYER SAW CURRENT AND FORMER MEMBERS HIT THE ICE TO CELEBRATE THE GOLDEN JUBILEE.>>I DIDN’T KNOW YOU WERE COMING.>>AS THE SKATERS RAN THROUGH DRESS REHEARSALS HE FINALLY REMEMBERS HOW HE WAS TEACHING A SKATING CLASS IN 1964.>>IN 1967 WE DECIDED TO TAKE THINGS A LITTLE FURTHER.>>AND THEY SHOW BUT A A FLOOD OF MEMORIES BACK FOR OVER 50 ALUMNI IN ATTENDANCE. WHILE IT WAS HELD AT THE SANFORD CENTER, HE REMEMBERS THE GOOD OLD DAYS AT THE WHOLE CITY RINK, AND HE STILL SKATED ON THE OUTDOOR RINK THERE. THE CLUB HAS COME A LONG WAY SINCE THEN. IN 1986, THE CLUB BROUGHT IT TO WIN FIFTH PLACE AT NATIONALS.>>AND TRAINING WITH ONE OF OUR SKATER’S DAD. ROTC PRACTICING DRILLS.>>FOR SOME OF THE FIGURE SKATERS, IT’S BEEN A WHILE SINCE THEY HAD SEEN EACH OTHER.>>THERE ARE PEOPLE HERE WE HAVEN’T SEEN.>>30 YEARS.>>AND EVEN LONGER SINCE THEY HAD BEEN OUT ON THE ICE.>>I WAS NERVOUS PUTTING SKATES ON. I HADN’T SKATED IN 12 YEARS.>>WHILE A FEW OF THE OUT OF TOWNERS HAD A VIDEO TO PRACTICE TO.>>TODAY IS BASICALLY THE FIRST DAY I’M LEARNING IT.>>THEY ONLY HAD ONE REHEARSAL TO BRING IT ALL TOGETHER.>>IT TOOK NOT TOO LONG, BUT IT WAS KIND OF CHAOTIC, BECAUSE WE HAD TO LEARN IT REALLY QUICKLY.>>WHEN THE LIGHTS WENT DOWN AND THE SPOTLIGHTS CAME ON, YOU HAD NO CLUE THAT THE REST OF THE ALUMNI HAD LESS THAN AN HOUR AND A HALF TO LEARN AND PRACTICE THE ROUTINE. IN BEMIDJI, WITH THIS WEEK’S COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT, I’M MAL

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