It’s winter all year round

Hi everybody! As the holidays are ending soon, life is soon to return to normal: waking up at 6 o’clock in the morning, going to school and… going back to ice skating! 

I am an ice dancer and I just love it! Ice dance is basically sweatless exercise in which you can wear beautiful dresses, instead of sweatpants. Unfortunately, I do have to wear ice skates which destroy my feet mercilessly, but I guess “pain is beauty”. ( < I don’t actually agree with this. It just happens to make sensense in this case)

I have been skating for about six years now, but I did free skating (which includes jumps) for about four years, but then I switched to ice dance. I came 12th nationally in solos in my first year of dance competitions. 
Then, I spent one and a half years working towards the national competition in couples. We came 8th overall, which I was slightly disappointed with as my skating partner did not follow our routine properly but everything turned out alright in the end. 

Ice skating may bring injury as I have experienced through concussion and falls, but it is possiblyour the best thing that has happened to me. 

I think ice skating is a good way to pass the Christmas break, so even if it is late, keep it in mind for next year. Go ice skating with your friends and family, and even if you may come out a little bruised, I am sure you will have fun!!

Lots of huggles for all of my readers. Xxx

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  1. Hi Nicky,

    Congrats on your skating success. Well done!

    Skating is a beautiful expression of art and physical performance.

    Concussions are a serious matter (I’m sure you know this, especially for young people, they can be dangerous)

    I’ve always wondered why ice dancers don’t wear some kind of head protection. Obviously, ice dancers don’t want to wear cycling helmets, etc. and I understand that — but why couldn’t some head protection be designed that isn’t ugly and doesn’t interfere with the skating.

    For example, you know that there are different qualities of foam rubber. Some of it is quite soft (which wouldn’t be suitable) but other kinds of foam rubber is quite firm — like the kind of rubber that you might see on the floor of a kindergarten (that type usually comes in bright colours, and interlocks like puzzle pieces) or the kind of foam rubber that you might roll up and take camping with you that you stick under your sleeping bag to give a tiny bit of comfort while sleeping in your camping tent.

    Imagine a tight-fitting, foam rubber thing that looks like a shower cap, but is 1/2 inch thick — and is made of the firmest type of foam rubber — and it could be all gold speckles, or the same colour as the ice dancer’s hair, or even themed, like zebra stripes, or to match the ice dancer’s uniform, etc…

    Not only that, but it could have many holes in it (maybe about 3/4 of an inch, each hole) and holes for the ears, obviously — and you just lay back on a bench and let your hair fall down — and then your Mother or assistant pulls your hair through the many holes and snugs the foam rubber tight against your head.

    Then! You get your hair done in such a way, that it covers 90% of the foam rubber — your Mother or hairdresser might have some imaginative hairstyle that allows all of the foam rubber to be covered.

    Only a small chinstrap would be required to hold it in place and coloured in flesh-tone to make it less visible)

    If I was the head of the ice skating federation (or whatever it’s called) I would pass a regulation requiring them, even for young people that are training to skate professionally like yourself.

    That way, everyone must wear the same head protection, and nobody can gain any sort of advantage (maybe one of the ice skating judges wouldn’t like the look of a chinstrap, for instance, and thereby assign the wearer a lower score, etc)

    It would be worth a bit of fuss just to protect the brain from injury, IMHO.

    Sorry for the long comment!

    If you were to design one, I hope that you would sell a million of them in your first year. More power to you! I hereby give the idea to you, and you don’t owe me one pence — even if you make 10 million pounds sterling from it.

    In the meantime, happy skating!

    Cheers, JBS

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    1. Nicky says:

      Wow that is a long comment! I was not exactly expecting that response. To be honest, I am more of a comfort dresser so it would completely work out for me. Unfortunately, some people would not be so quick to accept. I love how you have thought everything out; that’s really sweet!! I’ll definitely think about it, and maybe I’ll write to the ice skating association for this country to let them know. My concussion was not extremely serious: I sprained my neck, but that healed after about a week, and I felt a little nauseous and dizzy for a few weeks, but I took some paracetamol, released the strain on myself to exercise and it settled after a while. Thank you for being so considerate and enthusiastic about the risks of ice skating!! Nicky x

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  2. Lovely photos! Glad your concussion was not serious. When I was in 2nd grade, I fell figure skating and had a concussion as well! πŸ˜‰ I haven’t been on skates since. Good thing you are braver than I with skating! πŸ˜‰

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    1. Nicky says:

      Aww thank you! Was your concussion that bad? That’s sad. I think mine was not that bad because I got back to skating fairly soon after. Xx

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      1. No, I don’t think it was. I think I was just scared after that. All my boys play hockey now, so we are at the rink a lot! πŸ˜‰

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      2. Nicky says:

        That’s sweet. At least ice hockey players wear full body protection! ☺

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  3. Light Ministry Blog says:

    I know this is a very competitive sport! I wish you the best with advancement. Thank you for your visits to my blog and I hope you will find things of interest!

    Enjoy your day…

    Steve

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    1. Nicky says:

      Hello. Thank you very much! I’ve been off recently due to school and other things that have kept me busy. I hope you have a nice day!
      Nicky

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      1. Light Ministry Blog says:

        “Hi” back! You are so welcome. I do wish you well in all of the things you want to do in life. May you have a lot of “frosting on the cake!” Enjoy your day too! And please, call me Steve!

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      2. Nicky says:

        Hello Steve! Thank you for all of your support.

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      3. Light Ministry Blog says:

        It is my pleasure, Nicky! Hope you will visit here when you get the chance!

        Steve

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  4. Wow!!!! How I admire you! I’ve said–as recently as in the past couple weeks–that figure skating/ice dancing is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen…and, now, you share that you are an ice dancer…I’ve only ever seen it on TV, but I’ve loved it for forever…thanks for sharing–and for including you breathtaking photos πŸ™‚

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    1. Nicky says:

      Thank you so much for all of this!! I did not know that you were interested. It is such a beautiful sport; nice to know you share the love with me.

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      1. You’re welcome πŸ™‚

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