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Waking up at 4:30 in the morning, already dressed in my practice clothes, I feel drained of energy. I want to be able to call in sick, or with any excuse for that matter, but I manage to drag myself out of bed and outside to the car. Most people complain when the temperature begins to drop, the trees turn bare, and winter is settling in, but for the past 13 years of my life, I've spent over 1650 hours in a room that's always under 32 degrees Fahrenheit, the Clinton Ice Arena. Ever since I was a little girl, figure skating has fascinated me. When I was 4 years old, my parents signed me up for lessons and thus I began an entirely new path of my life. I didn't have the slightest clue what I was in store for! Dedication, persistence, humility, support, and practice. These 5 words are what define a figure skater. Learning to balance on a quarter inch of steel becomes second nature. It's the learning how to gain power while turning on the right edge of the blade, or practicing muscle memory for a jump that take weeks and sometimes years to perfect. Without dedication and persistence there wouldn't be any high level figure skaters because it takes failing a million times before that one successful try. Learning the technique for an axle is painstaking work. I began practicing that particular jump back in seventh grade and didn't even land a successful one until eighth grade; even now it's not entirely consistent. To a high school student, attending social gatherings is pretty important. But to competitive skaters, Friday morning practices before school, late night practices, and overnight weekend competitions take precedence. I as well as my teammates on the synchronized skating team have all had to sacrifice being with our friends in order to practice for an upcoming competition. Skipping one practice may not seem like that big of a deal, but, as part of a team, it truly is. Just one person missing a single practice affects the whole team, as each skater has a different role within the team. Whether it be leading a line, starting the music, or even being the center of a wheel, each person has a specific job we count on them for. Though temptation is nudging us, we know that we've made a commitment, and know where we have to be. With life comes the good days and the bad days, and in skating it always feels as if it is one extreme or the other. Sometimes everything is just going my way, and I execute the jump that I've been working on perfectly. Jumping up and down, or telling everybody seems like just the thing to do. We're all there for each other, so why not have them share in the glory? Just because I am having one of my better days, it doesn't mean everybody else is. Frustration can set in extremely quickly after being defeated by a jump. In order to keep each other calm and levelheaded, and to not upset anyone more than they might already be, skaters learn to take pride in their work but to not boast about it. Say it is one of those tough days, and the world seems utterly against you. From growing up with the same general people for the past 13 years, I have seen a strong support system blossomed. I've met some of my best friends through this sport, and if anybody's having a rough day, we'll take time out of our practice to watch a certain trick or two, analyze it, and try to give helpful advice on what to do differently. Someone may even need to vent built up aggravation, and we'll be there to listen because we genuinely care for each other. Although I would never classify myself solely as a figure skater because of my love for other activities (such as soccer), through my skating experiences I've gained some tremendous memories, such as competing at the US Nationals Championships, with my synchronized team, and learned life lessons. I now know that a goal means nothing if I am not willing to work hard to achieve it.
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The Makings Of A Figure Skater Essay

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              Waking up at 4: 30 in the morning, already dressed in my practice clothes, I feel drained of energy. I want to be able to call in sick, or with any excuse for that matter, but I manage to drag myself out of bed and outside to the car. Most people complain when the temperature begins to drop, the trees turn bare, and winter is settling in, but for the past 13 years of my life, I've spent over 1650 hours in a room that's always under 32 degrees Fahrenheit, the Clinton Ice Arena. Ever since I was a little girl, figure skating has fascinated me. When I was 4 years old, my parents signed me up for lessons and thus I began an entirely new path of my life. I didn't have the slightest clue what I was in store for!
             
              Dedication, persistence, humility, support, and practice. These 5 words are what define a figure skater. Learning to balance on a quarter inch of steel becomes second nature. It's the learning how to gain power while turning on the right edge of the blade, or practicing muscle memory for a jump that take weeks and sometimes years to perfect. Without dedication and persistence there wouldn't be any high level figure skaters because it takes failing a million times before that one successful try. Learning the technique for an axle is painstaking work. I began practicing that particular jump back in seventh grade and didn't even land a successful one until eighth grade; even now it's not entirely consistent.
             
              To a high school student, attending social gatherings is pretty important. But to competitive skaters, Friday morning practices before school, late night practices, and overnight weekend competitions take precedence. I as well as my teammates on the synchronized skating team have all had to sacrifice being with our friends in order to practice for an upcoming competition. Skipping one practice may not seem like that big of a deal, but, as part of a team, it truly is. Just one person missing a single practice affects the whole team, as each skater has a different role within the team. Whether it be leading a line, starting the music, or even being the center of a wheel, each person has a specific job we count on them for. Though temptation is nudging us, we know that we've made a commitment, and know where we have to be.
             
              With life comes the good days and the bad days, and in skating it always feels as if it is one extreme or the other. Sometimes everything is just going my way, and I execute the jump that I've been working on perfectly. Jumping up and down, or telling everybody seems like just the thing to do. We're all there for each other, so why not have them share in the glory? Just because I am having one of my better days, it doesn't mean everybody else is. Frustration can set in extremely quickly after being defeated by a jump. In order to keep each other calm and levelheaded, and to not upset anyone more than they might already be, skaters learn to take pride in their work but to not boast about it.
             
              Say it is one of those tough days, and the world seems utterly against you. From growing up with the same general people for the past 13 years, I have seen a strong support system blossomed. I've met some of my best friends through this sport, and if anybody's having a rough day, we'll take time out of our practice to watch a certain trick or two, analyze it, and try to give helpful advice on what to do differently. Someone may even need to vent built up aggravation, and we'll be there to listen because we genuinely care for each other.
             
              Although I would never classify myself solely as a figure skater because of my love for other activities (such as soccer), through my skating experiences I've gained some tremendous memories, such as competing at the US Nationals Championships, with my synchronized team, and learned life lessons. I now know that a goal means nothing if I am not willing to work hard to achieve it.
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