Friday, October 16, 2015

Skating Fridays

No Adults Allowed


I love attending skating shows - whether it's Disney on Ice, Stars on Ice, or anything in between. It's always a treat to see the talented skaters perform their programs and dress up in beautiful costumes.

This year, Nancy Kerrigan's Halloween on Ice invited local skating clubs across the country to participate in a group number with the show (professional) skaters. The first 30 skaters at each club to register to skate were "in." Our club received one of the invitations.

Prior to the application entry, I contacted our national governing body to see if adults could sign up. I mean, what an amazing opportunity to be able to skate with legends such as Nancy Kerrigan, Kurt Browning and Johnny Weir?!? I eagerly awaited my reply.

When I finally heard back from the organizers of the event, they told me that skaters 18 and older were not allowed to skate with Halloween on Ice. What? They claimed that there was some liability thing that prevented them from having adults in the production.

I was deeply saddened to hear this since adults are, in general, more passionate about this sport than their younger counterparts. Most of us have careers outside of skating and chose to participate in this sport in our free time. It was a slap in the face to hear that we weren't invited to participate in a show like this, and I am sorely disappointed that there was nothing I could do to convince them otherwise. Rules are rules.

I guess I will have to participate vicariously through the skaters who were able to reserve a spot in the group number. They have started rehearsing, and I'll be eager to see how it turns out.

Guess I'll have to wait for another day to meet some of my skating heroes...


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