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Ice skating; A sport that takes mad skills, a lot of coordination, and choreography skills all on ice and a pair of ice skates.  For Sophomore Taylor Ware, she finds all that pretty simple.

Ware has been ice skating since she was at the age of seven.  “I started ice skating because I was bad at everything, and my babysitter played hockey.  I noticed that I would slide around on my socks on the hardwood floors and for my seventh birthday my mom took me to an ice skating class,” Ware said.

 

Ware goes to the rink as much as six days a week for or more to practice for her upcoming competitions; she’ll even miss the first half of school just to be at the rink.  Ware says she goes to the rink so much just to make her routines perfect. Ware said there has been times where she has not been prepared for a competition

 

“Two years ago, this competition in St. Paul Minnesota where I didn’t feel  ready at all, just the lack of practice,” Ware said.

 

Adam Kriz, friend of Ware’s said he wouldn’t be surprised if she made it to sectionals or to the Olympics because she is so dedicated to her sport.  However, Ware doesn’t think she’ll make it to the Olympics.

“I could see myself going to sectionals, but not the olympics because I just started a new style of skating and scoring, and plus they only allow two girls from the company I go to,” she said.

 

In Ice skating there are two types of styles ISUI which is more fun and lower style and USFS which is more serious technique, routess, and free style that are long and short programs, which is a style that Ware has started doing.

 

When it comes to scoring in ice skating there are two types of systems.  A 6.0 system which is from the preliminary to the juvenile where there are six judges and they combine your scores.  There is also a scoring of IJS which are for the intermediate and score you on jumps and spins and foot technique and artistry, Ware said she started that kind of scoring and recently went to her first competition using that kind of scoring, and landed 2nd overall.

 

With all the efforts Ware has put into this she hopes she sticks with ice skating, “I hope I can continue with ice skating, it’s kind of hard balancing playing the flute and piccolo, and also school, but I hope it’s something I can do for a long time,”  Ware said,

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