Short Stories

Figure Skating: amazing facilities and great support from relatives. What makes athletes special?

Today media volunteers were excited to visit Figure Skating at the Olympiaword Innsbruck. The athletes performed pirouettes, jumps and very complex and demanding step combinations on the ice. Figure Skating is an essential part of the WWMG 2020. IMG 0466

The competitions are divided into the following events: Men’s Singles, Ladies’ Singles, Pair Skating, Ice Dance and Synchronized Skating. We spoke to some of the contestants to get an idea of their journey to the games and to find out how they were feeling ahead of the competition.

“I have been working on my programme since September. I skated a few years as a child and I returned to competitive skating about 5 years ago. I started because I needed to exercise. I have 5 children and 2 grandchildren and I run my own business – Notary Public in British Columbia. More than 70 Canadians are here to compete in various sports. My husband Brent is also with me. He is my manager, bag corner and number one fan. Coaches Lesleigh and Daryl have worked hard to get me ready for the games. I have met so many excellent athletes. Sports facilities have been of excellent quality and the organizers and volunteers have been great - huge thanks and thumbs up for to all of them. I am really excited to be in Innsbruck. Austria makes us feel at home as it is much like our landscape” explains Tracy Parker from Sunshine Coast, Canada.

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Tatyana Testova from Yekaterinburg, Russia says “I have been practicing figure skating for 12 years. I am so proud that my daughter is my coach. My husband Victor also supports me here in Innsbruck. More than 10 Russians are here to compete. Training for the WWMG 2020 has been a challenge. I hope all the participating athletes feel as wonderful as I do being in this city.  It is our second visit to Tyrol. We enjoy nature, wonderful people, atmosphere and climate.”

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From Sheffield, Great Britain Susan Edwards describes her journey from skating as a child to competing here at the games. She tells us that “many skaters have come to Innsbruck this week. I have been skating for about 6 years. I was a child skater at a low level between ages 14-19. I returned to figure skating after a break (work, family) as I lived far from ice ranks. What makes figure skating so special is the drive, challenge and the friendships in adult groups. There’s a lot of respect for fellow adult skaters. I plan to continue with my skating career, just to give me a fun and friendly environment. I work in sales in England. My husband Graham also came to support me at competitions and during training sessions. I have many friends from all nationalities. We meet and enjoy the whole experience, and give each other items to remember.”

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All athletes compete against each other in the hope of being crowned winner in front of hundreds of spectators that have gathered to watch the excitement unfold. Skaters took to the ice at the crack of dawn to begin to each showcase their routines which have all required months of practice and determination. We can feel the comradery and excitement in the air as the competition heats up.

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We wish all the skaters in each discipline the very best of luck. As always the results of each competition and more can be found HERE.

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