The club skating team competed in their first competition of the season over the weekend. Taking place over two days at Honnen Ice Arena, the United States Figure Skating Association-sanctioned Tiger Challenge hosted over 10 schools from the Pacific Coast. Teams that competed included University of California Berkeley, Boise State University, University of California, Davis, and University of Colorado Boulder.
The Colorado College team had 11 skaters compete in a variety of events, including free dance, team maneuver events, and freestyle. The 11 skaters competed in 14 different events, earning the Tigers a fifth-place finish. “Even though we only had 11 skaters competing, we beat all of the small school teams and even a few of the larger schools,” captain Megan Viozzi ’19 said. “We are extremely happy with how we placed.”
Though one of the smallest teams on campus, the figure skating team takes itself as seriously as any. Camaraderie between skaters is something that is incredibly important to the team. “We don’t have an official team coach, so we really rely on each other to get us through the competition,” Viozzi said. “This includes things like watching their warm-up and providing suggestions, waiting with them during the wait time between the warm-up and their program, cheering loudly during their performance, and being there for them when they get off the ice with congratulations and support no matter how their performance went.”
Figure skating is a demanding sport, one that requires an immense amount of choreography and practice. That’s no easy task on the Block Plan. “Skating has been an incredibly rewarding athletic and creative outlet,” Viozzi said. “It has been my ‘getaway’ space when the Block Plan gets stressful. Skating also teaches you mental skills that you take with you for the rest of your life. The ability to put yourself out on the ice all by yourself and deliver a technically challenging performance that looks effortless takes a lot of courage that goes on behind the scenes.”
Viozzi made it clear that the team is always happy to bring on new members, so feel free to email her at email@example.com or her co-captain, Julia Gilman ’19 firstname.lastname@example.org. The skating team will compete again next semester when they travel to University of California, San Diego in February and University of California Los Angeles in March.