10 Things All Figure Skaters Are Tired Of Hearing

10 Things All Figure Skaters Are Tired Of Hearing

Avoid these comments next time you talk to a figure skater.
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As someone who has been skating since I was 3, I've repeatedly heard similar comments that get on my nerves. Next time you learn someone is a figure skater, avoid these comments.


1. So, are you going to the Olympics?

I think I can speak for all skaters when I say that we all dream of going to the Olympics. Unfortunately, that's not the reality. Only a very select few can make it that far. So please, don't bring it up – it's a bit of a sore subject for us all.

2. Don't you get cold?

Have you ever tried skating around for four minutes straight, jumping and spinning without stopping? No? Try it first and then get back to me. I'm pretty sure you'll be dripping in sweat too.

3. Do you do tricks and twirls? What kind?

No, if we're being honest here, I don't know what a trick or a twirl is. I do, however, do jumps and spins, if that's what you were trying to get at. If I told you I do double Salchows, Lutzes, or mohawks, you wouldn't know what I was talking about – so I'm going to save my breath.

4. Figure skating is not a sport.

This is by far the worst one. If you say this, I can't promise that my following actions won't be violent. It's actually in the top 10 most difficult sports, thank you very much.

5. How do you spin so much without getting dizzy?

We do get dizzy – we're just so good that you can't tell.

6. Your costumes are so cute!

Yes, our dresses are "cute." But they also probably cost the equivalent of a semester of your college tuition.

7. You're cold? But you're a figure skater!

Yes, I'm a figure skater. But that doesn't mean I'm a cold blooded human – I still feel the effects of low temperatures.

8. Are you good?

No one knows how to answer this question, so just don't ask.

9. Does it hurt when you fall?

No, I'm actually a superhuman and don't feel the effects of falling at seven times my body weight on a sheet of ice. If you've ever seen our knees or hips covered in bruises, you wouldn't ask this.

10. Is it hard?

Actually, I find it very easy to throw my body up in the air, spin around three times and then land on a 1/4 inch of steel. All while smiling.

Yes. It's hard. In a conversation with a figure skater, think of a better question to ask.

Cover Image Credit: usfigureskating.org

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The Coach That Killed My Passion

An open letter to the coach that made me hate a sport I once loved.
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I fell in love with the game in second grade. I lived for every practice and every game. I lived for the countless hours in the gym or my driveway perfecting every shot, every pass and every move I could think of. Every night after dinner, I would go shoot and would not allow myself to go inside until I hit a hundred shots. I had a desire to play, to get better and to be the best basketball player I could possibly be.

I had many coaches between church leagues, rec leagues, personal coaches, basketball camps, middle school and high school. Most of the coaches I had the opportunity to play for had a passion for the game like I did. They inspired me to never stop working. They would tell me I had a natural ability. I took pride in knowing that I worked hard and I took pride in the compliments that I got from my coaches and other parents. I always looked forward to the drills and, believe it or not, I even looked forward to the running. These coaches had a desire to teach, and I had a desire to learn through every good and bad thing that happened during many seasons. Thank you to the coaches that coached and supported me through the years.

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Along with the good coaches, are a few bad coaches. These are the coaches that focused on favorites instead of the good of the entire team. I had coaches that no matter how hard I worked, it would never be good enough for them. I had coaches that would take insults too far on the court and in the classroom.

I had coaches that killed my passion and love for the game of basketball.

When a passion dies, it is quite possibly the most heartbreaking thing ever. A desire you once had to play every second of the day is gone; it turns into dreading every practice and game. It turns into leaving every game with earphones in so other parents don't talk to you about it. It meant dreading school the next day due to everyone talking about the previous game. My passion was destroyed when a coach looked at me in the eyes and said, "You could go to any other school and start varsity, but you just can't play for me."

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Looking back now at the amount of tears shed after practices and games, I just want to say to this coach: Making me feel bad about myself doesn't make me want to play and work hard for you, whether in the classroom or on the court. Telling me that, "Hard work always pays off" and not keeping that word doesn't make me want to work hard either. I spent every minute of the day focusing on making sure you didn't see the pain that I felt, and all of my energy was put towards that fake smile when I said I was OK with how you treated me. There are not words for the feeling I got when parents of teammates asked why I didn't play more or why I got pulled after one mistake; I simply didn't have an answer. The way you made me feel about myself and my ability to play ball made me hate myself; not only did you make me doubt my ability to play, you turned my teammates against me to where they didn't trust my abilities. I would not wish the pain you caused me on my greatest enemy. I pray that one day, eventually, when all of your players quit coming back that you realize that it isn't all about winning records. It’s about the players. You can have winning records without a good coach if you have a good team, but you won’t have a team if you can't treat players with the respect they deserve.

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Dear Oklahoma, Please Take Care Of Jalen Hurts

He's one of the good ones, we promise.

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Dear Oklahoma fans, coaches, and players, please take care of Jalen Hurts.

When Hurts graduated in December of 2018, everyone in the Alabama fanbase knew that a transfer was coming soon. After showing his distinct character and loyalty to the Alabama Crimson Tide by choosing to play the 2018 season, even though he would be second in line to Tua Tagavailoa, Hurts deserves this chance to make the best decision for himself. The selection process regarding where Hurts would end up this upcoming season was kept relatively private, which of course open the doors to countless predictions from fans and analysts.

However, I can confidently say that I was not the only one shocked at his choice, but I whole-heartedly support it.

Home to two Heisman-winning quarterbacks, Oklahoma is a more than a smart choice on Hurts' behalf. Within that program, he will be given ample opportunity to improve his craft in order to put himself in the best position for a successful career post-college. The Sooners obviously have an incredible program that leads players down the best paths to be as successful as possible, and that is all Alabama fans want for our beloved quarterback.

With all this being said, I, as an Alabama fan, just ask the Oklahoma Sooners to take care of Jalen and realize how special of a player he is.

With Hurts at quarterback, you will never have to question his effort or loyalty to his teammates. He will always carry himself with grace, no matter the situation. If you give him an opportunity to succeed, he will put forth all of his effort in order to take advantage of it.

Jalen Hurts is one of the most special players, and young men, to ever wear an Alabama Crimson Tide uniform. All that we ask is that you support him as we have these past three years.

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Sincerely,

Every Alabama Fan

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