We landed our axel and a new jump consistently, and a bliss came over us. Joy filled our bones and we finally felt free from the weight that was once upon us; however, two or so weeks later we lost both jumps and thus the longing to try again. We could feel the disappointment growing in our parents’ and coach’s faces. Heaviness grew upon us every time we stepped a foot into that ice rink, it was time to move on.
Cutting bits of me that cannot handle the pressure and stress; developing pieces of the more disciplined me; testing my concentration; forcing my mentality to be flexible; enlarging the best of me: my determination, integrity, confidence, ingenuity, independence. Ultimately, skating leaves me more focused, more disciplined and more confident. It shapes my character, reminding me that success only feels worthwhile if it has a bit of blood behind it; skating tells me to try again, to keep working. Perseverance has been my grace. And as my skating career comes to a close, I have taken the time to teach those around me. The young skaters I teach think I am inspiring them, but they change who I am, altering me into a more caring, compassionate person.
When I was young, I fell in love with competitive figure skating. The ice was my second home, and every minute I spent on it was pure bliss. By the time I was ten, I had practices four times a week and several competitions a year. Unfortunately, my path to success did not leave me unscathed. I had many falls and accidents over the years, and getting back up was almost never easy. The worst accident occurred when I was first starting to skate. I was four years old, and it led to my parents almost taking me off of the ice forever.
My junior year in high school was full of new experiences. The experience that became the most influential for me was joining the cross-country team, It had changed my outlook in life by staying healthy as well as staying in healthy relationships. The friends I made in that first session was phenomenal they became some of my few closest friends. Joining the team gave me an advantage to easily tackle challenges that I encounter by receiving live advice and knowledge during our runs.
Imagine yourself, about to join your first season as a student-athlete of an elite, collegiate Cross Country team. It could be scary at first, but if you think about it, that is the next level to improving your physical and mental body. It’s also because it’s your first time joining an actual elite team that includes individuals, similar to you that have the same driven desire to win and go to finals like you. For instance, I was able to feel the same feeling when I joined DeAnza’s Cross Country team a year ago. It was hard to decide whether I should join the Cross Country or not since I'm in college now.
My brain goes silent. I forget my problems, my issues, my struggles, and everything that makes me feel dead inside. Nothing gives me more hope and happiness, then running on floor to hanging on a bar. From the darkness inside comes a light that feels like an eternal flame that can never be extinguished. Nothing can stop me from feeling more alive. Starting gymnastics has been the best decision I have ever made and has made me the person I am today. With every move, every skill, and every moment, gymnastics makes me feel alive.
As I walked through the doors of the familiar ice rink I’d called home for the past two and a half years, a rush of nerves and excitement swept over me. Although I had shed my blood, sweat, and tears at this rink; I had never been faced with this level of crippling anxiety in the past. Tonight was the night that determined if I would be playing ice hockey during the 2015-2016 season. My home school district doesn’t fund an ice hockey program; This leads me into a lengthy process of being evaluated, and crossing my fingers in hopes that another school with draft me for their team. This night was the evaluation.
I cannot imagine my life without the whoosh of air flooding through the bars of my helmet as I glide across the ice. With each stride, I grow faster, stronger, and smarter. Hockey has occupied a crucial part of my personality for over two-thirds of my existence. I have grown up with my teammates, and we only improve as we continue playing together. A game during this year’s season defines how hockey has inspired me to become a leader. The score was one-to-one halfway through the third period. Hannah, our team’s newest member, flashed a nervous smile towards me as we skated over to our respective positions in our team’s end. I played right defence while she played right wing. We had to trust and support each other. During the faceoff, the centre
Have you ever wanted to know what happens in a bBreakdancing competition? Well, last summer, me and my friends all signed up for a competition for breakdancing. It was at the Silverback Open., That is where dancers from all over the world come over for a competition. We went to dance at the SilverBack Open to see if we couldcan win the breakdancing title. The breakdancing event was broken down into three parts, the tryouts, then the main event, and the finals or /rewards.Add how the experience impacted you.
Ever since I was in diapers my mom has taken me to gymnastics class. I have been through all of the stages in gymnastics, beginning in mommy and me classes and excelling all the way to level ten gymnastics. By that time my whole life revolved around gymnastics, and a college scholarship was the goal. My whole life changed September of 2013.
That quote, from the documentary Freeling, sums up skating. Fall a lot but you get back up; learn not to give up even when the going gets rough. When you land the trick, it washes all away; you forget the bad and just remember the good of landing it. I personally can say that this life lesson has already proved very crucial in my life. Whether it is when I’m working outside in 100 degree weather, putting together my 3-inch thick eagle project binder, or going for a run. It all comes down to the mental aspect.
The light from the setting sun shimmers off the snowy treetops. Air whistles around my ears, skin tingling and burning. I leave fresh, crisp footprints in the dry snow as if I am the only person who has ever stepped foot there. The naked trees standing tall and still, untouched. Standing in silence letting the snowflakes fall in my golden hair. Coming to my hideaway gives me a rush of memories of a simpler time. Sledding down a steep hill, steamy hot chocolate warming my frostbitten hands, curling up in a cozy blanket, the scent of my mom’s Yankee candle, and my favorite memory, my life as an ice skater. It is a time of innocence that everyone experiences at some time or another. A feeling that seems almost everlasting. I catch myself coming
She was right. Skating will always be my refuge, and hold a special place in my heart. Out there, I feel like I can do anything. It’s the only place where life makes sense. My struggles as a skater have made me realize that giving up is not an option: failure is, and so is success, but giving up is not. Last year my coach moved thousands of miles away to Ohio. The moment was bittersweet, I was thankful for all that she had taught me, but devastated to see her go. The last time I saw her she gave me a framed copy of a mantra she used to tell me before every competition called ‘The Champions
Over the past sixteen years I’ve watched my daughter grow into a beautiful young adult. In middle was the start of her field hockey career that she has still played into her sophomore year and years to come. She is on the high school ski team and has learned how to become a ski racer. It was and still is a challenged because her first year ever to ski race was as freshmen year. Every sport she plays she puts her all into and is persistent. Every year my daughter grows and shows me how capable and trustworthy she is. I trust my daughter and I know that she will make good decisions while driving out on the road and in general.
Most things people do are measured at the end by success in some way. For myself I am a sales manager, the more events I can sell and produce the more success I bring to the company I work for. Other occupations that come to mind are a retail manager - the more sales, the more profit for the store, happy customers also make for more purchases. I myself am a competitive synchronized ice skater and when I compete judges are scoring based on the moves I do along with how well executed they are which creates a point system scoring. If I skate well and hit all the moves and all moves are in the judge's eyes seen as being “well executed” I will be award with the most points. Each competitor is than scored and the highest score wins, just like