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Let me tell you a story…  our skating story:

I was a young mother trying to keep my small boys occupied after school. My attempts to ignite a valid interest in activities like Teakwondo, soccer and music lessons did not impress them too much.   

They were becoming restless, so I kept looking for a right idea, but couldn't come up with anything they would love long enough to stick with.

Then one Christmas, my older son received a pair of rollerblades; the four-wheel-plastic-kind. He could not wait to put them on, so we let him try to skate in our basement. He loved it so much, by Spring I had to buy him another pair of proper rollerblades.  He spent hours in the park rollerblading. Our Skating Story

He was quite good at it and we could tell that he really loved it.

So I asked if he would like to try skating? We lived in an area where winters lasted almost 6 months… why not do something winter-friendly?  our skating story

He wasn't sure which skates we should get. We had no interest in Hockey (I know… a bit weird for a Canadian family, but in our defense both my husband and myself were born in Europe) - ask me about soccer, then we can talk. 

At first, I decided to allow him to try hockey if he wanted to, but once we got to the store, I made my decision pretty quickly. 

Here I was, standing in the skating isle at the Canadian Tire store; hockey skates on the right and figure skates on the left… $100.00 vs. $40.00.

Knowing my kids well enough, I needed to consider the fact that, whatever I bought that day could end up in the basement within a month "cause he didn't like it anymore".

Figure skates then… I could risk $40 bucks. Let's find a pair in black that will fit him! He walked out of that store holding a big box and beaming with pride! Our kating Story

The next day we went to the local skating club, I paid the fees and helped him tie his skates; he stepped on the ice and the group lesson started. He loved every minute of it!

I was standing by the boards watching, when one of the coaches skated over to me...

"Is that your son?", he asked. 

"Yes it is", I beamed. 

"How long has he been training"? 

Uhhm...This is his first lesson.  

He looked at me, then looked at my kid… 

"WOW", he said and skated off to talk with other coaches. Few minutes later he was back and telling me, that I should register my son in another group; 4 levels higher! WOW!

We spend hours at that arena every day. He started competing and winning every event he entered. Two years later I was approached by the Dance Director from an International Skating School; asking if we would consider ice dancing. our skating story

It took me awhile to convince my kid that skating with a girl may not be a bad thing; he was still at that stage where holding hands with a girl was just unthinkable, but after few lessons they did get along nicely.

She was just 7 years old and he was 9. They skated together for 11 years; the club's wonder kids, one of the best teams in the country at their level. Lots of beautiful memories, growing up together and going after the same goals.

But then their paths parted and we needed to move on, start new and step out of the comfort zone.

That day in the Canadian Tire store when my son's future path was decided was a very long time ago.  Fifteen years ago to be exact, and here I am with a huge "bag of experience" filled with personal stories, the good ones and the bad; those with smiles from ear to ear and those sprinkled with painful tears.

As a skater's mother, I've been through it all…  

I've made costumes and I paid someone else to make them for me.  I nursed cut chins and broken bones. Dried tears of anger and frustration. Cheered in the stands and cursed under breath too, (at broken laces that came undone at Nationals). 

Hundreds of lessons learned...  

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Our skating story could be just like yours, because I'm probably just like you;  this skating-thing has been my life and my family's life for so long, it's like an old, familiar friend.

You take it as it comes, and face the obstacles and move on to new adventures, you support your athlete with everything you've got. You let them know that there is nothing you wouldn't do to help their dreams come true; through second mortgages, 4am wake-up calls and days spent at hotels during summer training camps and competitions at the other end of the country.

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You cried with them and laughed with them too. If you're like me, you have all their medals, from that very first one they got in a freezing arena in a tiny town, to that last one they accepted at a state-of-the-art facility on the other side of the globe.

This is what I know, this is my life and will most likely continue to be my life for many more years. Chances are you may have questions I have the answers to.

If you are relatively new to this, you may have no idea how to help your kid move on, to another coach, or how to find a place to live on the other side of the Ocean, because they will now be training there.

I've been there and done that!

Believe me, this World of figure skating can change your life for the better, it can also kick you butt, but I now you are strong and can handle anything; so poke around.

There are stories here, (our own and those from other skaters from around the World), pictures and true life lessons as well. You can learn from my mistakes, cry and laugh with me, and let me hold your hand if you need to scream in frustration at a coach or sing with joy following a medal ceremony.  our skating story

Visit often and stay as long as you need.  This is a my journey too.  

Share your own skating story 

Sometimes, the best way to learn is to hear and experience other people's stories.  We all have them; share yours here.  

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If you live your life on skates, we bet you have stories to tell. Share them here!

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