WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST TIME SKATING IN FRONT OF PEOPLE LIKE?

FSWer

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Ok my skater friends!! I want to ask you all today to tell me what your first time skating in front of people was like?
 

gkelly

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The first time I competed, my stamina was not very good and I wasn't used to skating whole programs without stopping. So my focus was more on getting through the program than on the fact that there were people watching.
 

Arwen17

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I've now done three programs over two years of skating. Adult Pre-Bronze, Adult Bronze, and Adult Silver. I do all the hardest jumps and spins allowed in each category. (But obviously not perfectly. Plenty of deductions.) I just finished my Adult Silver program with an under-rotated axel and a flying camel spin. So far, every program is the same experience for me. I land all of my jumps and do all of my spins etc. I check off all the boxes because I am totally focused on what I'm doing. However, I never look directly at the judges or audience. I just totally ignore them and get on with my program. I don't think anything would break my trance of utter concentration short of a bomb going off. So of course my presentation scores take a hard whack. And for right now.... I just don't really care. I like jumping and spinning. My passion lies with that. I guess I just hate that so many skaters fall on jumps or spins during a program. I like consistency and reliability more than artistry.
 

aliceanne

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My first competition my coach was so nervous he ran out on the ice during my warm-up. I spent so much time calming him down I forgot to be nervous when it was time to skate.

I rarely fell during competition and I always took it as a good sign if I fell during warm-up, because it meant I wouldn’t fall during the program. My coach couldn’t bear it though.
 

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