I can't remember a time when I didn't love ice skating.  I remember ice shows I saw as a very young child, and still have the dog-eared programs that I studied for years.  I think I was four or five years old when I went to watch my siblings and cousins skate at the Tysons Ice Rink.  I wasn't allowed to skate with them, and it was sheer torture to just watch!  Every year, I asked for ice skates from Santa Claus.  Finally, my wish was granted; and, when my father returned from a two-year overseas tour of duty, one of the first things he did was to take me to the brand new Fairfax Ice Arena to try out my new skates. My father gamely lasted for a couple of laps around the rink, then watched as I went around and around and around and never wanted to leave.

As it turned out, I wouldn't return to skating until my Girl Scout troop enrolled in group lessons back at Fairfax Ice Arena a few years later.  By that time, I was irremovable.  When my pretty, young skating teacher, Miss King, told my parents that I should pursue skating further, I was over the moon with excitement.  I continued in group lessons for a year or two, learning all the basic freestyle spins and single jumps.  When group lessons ended, it wasn't feasible for me to continue in private lessons. I still skated whenever I could at public sessions, but my time as a skating student seemed to be over.

Fast forward about 20 years. When my daughter was just 3 years old, she started asking for skating lessons, which brought me back to the ice.  While she had her lesson, her teacher encouraged me to bring my skates and get back to skating myself. I soon found a group freestyle class just for adults and, after a year, a skating coach.  My coach encouraged me to "test," which gave me concrete goals to pursue and the accountability of having to execute those moves for judges.  She even convinced me to enter an adult skating competition, 30 years after the first competition I'd entered as a child.

Ice skating has always seemed natural to me, and I often feel compelled to skate.  I don't expect everyone to have the same reaction to skating that I have, but I do believe that anyone can learn to skate safely and enjoyably.  I look forward to helping new skaters of all ages find their own comfort and balance on the ice.

Margo Pryzby
Ice Flow Skating