Synchro mom (one week after nationals): “Sure was nice to sleep in today, wasn’t it?”
Synchro skater (one week after nationals): “I guess, but I kinda miss skating with my friends. When do workshops start?”
And that’s when Mom realizes that her child is hopelessly addicted. The skater in question has not been idle. Although her parents might have hoped for a tiny break, she is still skating, taking lessons, preparing for tests. Part of her is glad for the extra time to spend on jumps and spins; the other part is drawn back to those turns and edges. She remembers the past season fondly — fun times with her teammates, great performances of a well-designed program, success in competition. Part of her wants that team back again, knowing they will be even better this year; the other part wants to move up and be even more challenged. She struggles to decide which team she should audition for, knowing that, in the end, the ICE’Kateer coaches will invite her to join the team that is best for her. There will be no going “cold turkey”. It’s time to feed that ICE’Kaddiciton.