the long over-due thank you post from my 2012/13 skating season and first trip to the U.S. Figure Skating Adult Nationals
Behind every skater,
of any level,
stands a coach….who DIDN’T kill me on my worst days.
In the bleachers at every event clap the friends who stand by me…
even when I am down and don’t display my best side.
On the drive home, hands clenched on the steering wheel drive the husbands, brothers, parents and friends being tortured by tears they can’t comfort or endless re-hashings of all the tiniest details of the things that went right (or wrong) with the program THIS time.
And at home waits a weary grandmother,
proud of her daughter and a four year old who can’t understand why mommy didn’t bring home a shiny medal this time because she always thinks I’m a winner.
I didn’t win…at nationals. I placed 6th in one event and 5th in the other. But still, I am grateful.
Grateful for the chance to even go to Nationals. After a year filled with injuries, coaching changes, sickness and a myriad of set-backs, honestly even qualifying was a victory worth celebrating but I was too busy setting my sights on the next goal.
Now almost a month later, I am celebrating and finally ready to send out the thank you post.
To Martin, for endless hours playing with Ginny and keeping things running and for backrubs that kept me on my feet when I just wanted to lay down and never move again.
To my parents, for endless hours playing with Ginny and keeping things running (grin)
To Julie for understanding that sometimes we can all get crabby. And for helping me find (and visit) every single Starbucks on the way home from Elllenton, FL to Atlanta, GA. Julie, I need to give you a special thank you for putting up with my singing for the last two hours of that drive back from Florida. I know it’s not my greatest talent, but it DOES keep me awake at the wheel….
Oh, and to Martin again for all the various cuts of music we went through. You are a genius honey. Pure and simple.
To the folks at A.C. Chiropractic Spinal & Wellness center for being willing to venture into new territory to keep me functioning.
To Annette for “interpreting Davin” for us all.
To my neighbors Liza & Bryon and the kids, for just being there, being normal and delightful. I know I couldn’t have done this without you.
To my previous coaches: Dawn Malone, Chuck Miller, Tim Zinc and Deena Bryant – thanks for helping put down a foundation that I will build on for the rest of my life.
To Sarah Bolocan, thank you for being willing to try just about anything I asked when it comes to new dress ideas.
To Kylie for just being yourself. Watching you on the ice is very peaceful.
To all the skating moms at the Duluth Ice Forum – thanks for encouraging all us adult skaters. It means a lot that you guys actually like us adult skaters and don’t see us as comedic or pitiful.
To Dr. John Xeroegeanes and the staff at Emory Sports Medicine for putting me back together…do three knee surgeries qualify me for a volume discount?
To Stephanie for being fun on the ice. Sometimes I need to be reminded to just play and have fun.
To my hair stylist Angelia Leong as we journeyed through finally finding a haircut that works for my life style and looks good on the ice.
To Rob, as a guy afloat in a sea of female drama we must be an endless source of entertainment for you. Thanks for being such a great representative for our club and for Adult skating in general.
To PJ, Lou, Ben & Meredith Scafidi. I don’t know that I can ever possibly put into words all that your family has done for me. Starting with taking us into your hearts in Greenville and keeping us there. I will never forget your kids playing cards with Martin so I could get the hotel room packed up. Or you FIERCELY defending the chair that Martin’s foot was propped up on at the restaurant.
To Davin….just thank you. Thank you for all the times you didn’t smack me across the rink. You know you wanted to.
And thank you for pouring yourself heart and soul into your own skating. Watching you skate is a joy and being able to count myself as one of your students is a privilege.
Yes, I am proud. Proud of going to Nationals. Proud of skating two beautiful programs that were the best of my season. Proud of everything I accomplished in the 2012/13 season……and ready to go out and do it all again.
look out 2013/14….here we come!