| Anyone who knows me well will tell you there are two things that I absolutely live for:
- The major league baseball playoffs, followed by the World Series every October
- The Olympic Figure Skating Championships, and the preliminary competitions leading to it, every four years
Of the two, Olympic Figure Skating is the most critical “must see” because it occurs so seldom. I can still remember nearly every significant moment…when Sarah Hughes won the Ladies Gold Medal four years ago; Ilya Kulik’s shining moment; Gordeeyva and Grinkov (Gold Medalists twice, in pairs), Nancy Kerrigan’s upset by the Russian orphan, Oksana Bayul, Brian Boitano, Katarina Witt…I savor the memories of their ultimate achievement in their sport. The US Nationals are taking place right now, and will serve as the final piece of the selection process for the US team. The Olympics are only a little over a month away! Yay!
In non-Olympic years, I still watch all amateur figure skating competitions that are televised. One time a few years ago, the World Championships were in Minneapolis, and I was fortunate enough to be able to go to the Men’s Short Program. (A friend of mine had done some volunteer work for the hosting committee, and so she received two free tickets in the VIP section, and invited me to attend.) The section we were in was where all the figure skating celebrities were sitting…former competitors turned pro, coaches, etc. Russian Gold Medalist, Viktor Petrenko, was sitting in the row behind us! It was truly a great afternoon and one that I will always remember.
A lot of people have dreams about flying. I have dreams that I am skating - performing the spins, jumps and tricks in an effortless manner…gliding weightlessly across the ice, never falling, never failing to execute the triple jump. I used to skate nearly every winter day while growing up, but in my little hometown there weren’t any opportunities for skating lessons. Anyway, I probably would not have excelled even with instruction, since I am not athletically gifted. So, these days I enjoy skating only in my dreams - pleasurable and magical moments that I am grateful to experience in my altered state of slumber.