By Megan Romeo
GIC Competition Blogger
Miami University Junior Varsity SST
Growing up, my mom let me explore every sport on the planet. I tried ballet, but was bored by the soft music and felt it was far too serious for my taste. I moved on to karate, gymnastics and horseback riding, but nothing seemed to stick. That’s when my mom took me to Friday night skates with my family. To this day she still remembers the look on my face as I stepped on to the ice.
I started out as a freestyle skater. I loved performing at competitions, but I hated jumping. As the level of jumps increased, I found myself more and more frustrated.
One day my mom and I fought in the middle of the rink over how my skating career was going nowhere. She considered making me quit because she knew I would never give up skating on my own. She knew how much I loved it, and my coaches knew how in love I was with the feeling of speeding down the ice as though I was flying, but still touching the ground. They offered me a resolution: become part of the first synchronized skating team at our rink.
I started researching synchro by watching YouTube videos and scanning Skating Magazines for articles on the sport. It wasn’t long before I was utterly consumed by this new world I never knew existed.
We built our team from nothing. None of us had any idea what we were doing. I had never been a part of a team before. I never had that experience of working with others in such a cooperative manner. The IceBreakers gave me something to believe in, something to work for. It was learning something completely new with some of my closest friends that made the 7 a.m. practices at an outdoor rink in the middle of December worth it.
Over my three years with the Iceworks IceBreakers, I learned more about myself than I ever expected. In times of struggle I found strength I didn’t know I had. I found that I, the once quiet, independent child, was a leader. I had a voice . I could fight for what I believed in. The IceBreakers became my family, and I wanted nothing more than for them to exceed their own expectations.
Leaving my home team was one of the hardest things I had to do as I started a new chapter of my life in college, but I cannot thank those 58 girls and all of my coaches enough for everything they taught me in my time as an IceBreaker. If it weren’t for the IceBreakers I wouldn’t be where I am today. If my coach had not asked me that day to join the synchro team, I would have never discovered Miami University. Up until now, I have never had the satisfaction of finding a dream, working towards it, and having it all come true. This past September I made the Junior Varsity team at Miami University, and I know that because of synchro I am right where I belong.