For years, I thought of skating, especially synchro, as a passion that would end after I graduated college. I had lofty dreams to travel the world, become a writer. I would have to leave the sport behind me. I skated synchro for 14 years. I thought after that long that I would feel comfortable letting go. But it turns out that the closer and closer the end of my time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison got, the more intensely I felt I needed to stay in the game. It was all I had known my entire life. I did not know how I would function on a day to day basis. When my time came to an end at UW I went through withdrawal. It was like a bad breakup. I needed it. I longed for practices and for the workout. I just missed the movement of my blades on the ice. As much as I wanted to get back into this intimate relationship I had developed with the sport, there was no entry way. It was over.
Get It Called saved me, in a way. It allowed me to stay in the game in a very real way. I still missed the physical component of the sport, but I was able to live vicariously through my former and younger teammates through the site.
Nicole and I first thought of the idea for Get It Called while working in Washington, DC in the summer of 2010. Nicole and I skated on The Colonials together for five years, ending our time competing together at the 2007 Junior World Challenge Cup in Nottingham, England. We lived together that summer in a one bedroom apartment. I was interning at USA Today and Nicole was working at American University. We both arrived home late one night—10 or 11 pm. We started talking about synchro and how it had developed over the years. But we both agreed, there was something still missing: A way for fans, family, officials and coaches to interact on one interface.
“What would we even call it?” Nicole asked me.
We decided on “Get It Called” on a whim. And it stuck.
Since that day, Nicole and I have poured our hearts into creating something that would benefit the synchro community. We had to learn on the go, which entailed a lot of 3 am Skype conferences and “error” messages on the site. But, we have grown in the past three years.
Today, Get It Called is synchro’s leading news outlet. We have gained 2,262 followers on Twitter and 2,312 likes on Facebook. We have redesigned our site so it is easier for users to navigate. But as always, there are still many things that we would like to do.
Here’s the problem: Get It Called, up until now and thanks to the Indiegogo campaign supporters, has been self-funded. We receive no money from outside sources. Everything from website consultation, to transportation and lodging, has come from our own pockets. We have reached a point where we need help from our followers. Nicole has designed an amazing new mobile app that will allow users to follow GIC on the go.