Back in my college days, I skated on the synchronized skating team at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. I’d never done synchro before, and after 18 years of singles skating, I fell in love with the sport. From the support of skating on a team, to the challenge of moving in unison with 15 or more other girls, to the excitement of creating difficult, innovative moves with our coach, I loved it all.
It was also one of the most impactful learning experiences of my skating career. As freshmen, we finished last in our division. Determined to improve, we worked tirelessly for four years to be the best skaters and team that we could be. Focusing on improvement and challenging ourselves rather than on specific results actually led us to the best result possible: we won the 2011 Midwestern Sectional Championships as seniors. To go from last to first was fantastic and unforgettable and a tribute to hard work and team spirit.
Notre Dame Figure Skating hosted the 40th Annual Tri-State Synchronized Skating Championship on campus last weekend, which was a big moment for the club. It was the first ever figure skating competition held at Notre Dame and was a great event. The Fighting Irish skating team also posted their season’s best score on home ice at the event. Inspired by this recent success, I thought I’d do a little flashback Friday to our gold-medal winning program in 2011, set to the Broadway musical Hair: