I can’t help myself – the start of a new year for me is always the Fall. From going back to school, to going back to the rink, it has always been my favourite time of year.
When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait for the school year to start because that meant that figure skating and a new year of friendships and challenges was just around the corner. The other amazing thing was always the new skates. Of course, ‘new skates’ didn’t always mean ‘new’ skates; more like ‘new to me’ skates.
With three kids involved in lots of different after-school activities, my mother had to be practical. This practicality included a hand-me-down pair of skates from my full-time nemesis and part-time pair and ice dance partner Clifford Jansen. My practical mom spray painted them white. Clifford’s mom was a psychiatrist and should have been able to foresee I would still be talking about this particular agony several decades later.
Skating moms or rather moms with passionate 8-yr old skaters. I get it.
That passion, for better or worse, has never diminished.
I am thrilled to announce that I am marrying two of my
The skating fun doesn’t stop here as I am still happily working for CBC. If you are looking for more great skating coverage don’t forget to check out Ryan Steven’s always entertaining and informative Skate Guard Blog, Jackie Wong’s amazing coverage online at Rocker Skating, Ted Flett is one half of the always engaging Blade Boys, and if you’re in Japan you are already following Momo Hakase.
For the moment though – welcome back – it’s going to be a great year!