Ice skaters to compete at Meet Me in St. Louis competition

Rosa Parks
Contributing Writer

Photo by Charity Whitlock

Skaters at the Midwestern Sectional championships placed third out of 20. Photo by Charity Whitlock

Ice skating enthusiasts have several recent and upcoming events.

A upcoming  contest, which is being held by the Metro Edge Figure Skating Club. The competition, which is called, Meet Me in St. Louis takes place on March 4 and March 5.

The competition will be at the Webster Groves Ice Arena.

The Metro Edge Figure Skating Club  also put on “Nutcracker on Ice” on Dec. 10 and 11. About 150 Ice Skaters performed, a few from WGHS, The students from Webster include senior Mary Kimball, junior Gabriella Romano and sophomore Leigh Bird. The performance was located at the Webster Groves Recreation center.

Romano, who played the Mouse Queen in “Nutcracker on Ice,”  said, “My favorite thing about the show is skating with my friends. I love the family feel that forms between the cast, especially those of us that have been doing it 10 years and more together.”

Along side Romano, in “Nutcracker on Ice,” Kimball, who has skated since kindergarten and is going to Sectionals,  played the Nutcracker.

About what her favorite thing about skating was, Kimball said, “I like going really fast. It’s the closest thing to feeling like flying.”

From Jan. 24 to the 29, the St.Louis Synergy Synchronized Skating team headed to Grand Forks, ND, for the Midwest Sectionals. To get ready for sectionals, synchronized skaters spent eight hours practicing together, and around two hours by themselves. Skaters usually run through a couple warm ups such as jumping jacks, stretches, pushups and others before they practice on the ice.

People interested in learning to ice skate, can get coached by professionals. They can also get lessons at the Webster Groves Ice Arena. Training Sessions are $5 for half an hour, and $10 for a whole hour.


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