Skating Fridays


My home skating club hosts a pretty big figure skating competition each year. Skaters from up and down the coast come into town to compete. It’s a pretty big deal around here.

The club officers sent a note to the members saying that the registration link was open. I went online, looked for my events, and added it to my cart. I hadn’t pushed the button to actually “check out” yet, so the items were still sitting in my shopping cart.

The next day, our skating director came up to me and said that there had been a huge mistake with the competition. I was curious to hear what had happened. She said that the competition organizing committee, which was brand new this year, inadvertently left out the Adult Silver and Adult Gold freestyle events. I found that odd since I was able to add it to my cart the night before.

When I went back to look at the competition announcement, I realized that the skating director was right. The announcement clearly left off the Adult Silver and Adult Gold levels. The organizing committee had been scrambling to work with the competition referee, the US Figure Skating headquarters and other officials to fix the issue. Unfortunately, it was too late and there was nothing they could do.

Yes, I was disappointed about this news, but it was also good news in a way. While I normally use this competition as a litmus test to see where I need to improve, it gives me an additional few months to polish things up before the adult competition season begins in January.

Surprisingly, the local organizing committee reached out to me this week to offer a free exhibition after one of the judges’ breaks during the competition. I was touched by this gesture, since I am fairly certain that they felt bad for accidentally excluding my group.

I’m looking at this omission as a positive thing so I can continue to focus on improving. As a famous ice princess once said, “the past is in the past… Let It Go.”

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