Amy Bailey is 20 years old. This is her 2nd year on the Ice’Kateers and her 12th year skating synchro. She has her senior moves, gold dance and junior free skate. Amy is a skating instructor at the Orange County Ice Palace in Yorba Linda, Calif. She attends California State University, Fullerton as a Political Science major and University Honors Program member. This year she won her first national medal in synchronized skating, which is by far her best memory yet.
How did this season differ from past seasons? What were your goals/expectations leading up to Nationals?
We were all completely on the same page with our sights on a national medal. This team was comprised of “retired” skaters, new synchro skaters and devoted 11 year ICE’kateer members. And, even though most had never skated together we worked together to reach the goal of a national medal at the Senior level. This was the highest honor the ICE’kateer program has received since skating in the senior division!
How did you feel following short leading up to long?
It was the most surreal feeling. To feel like we were really in the heart of the competition, just on the edge of winning. I could almost feel the medal around my neck. But, at the same time, I knew I hadn’t won anything yet. We had leave it all out on the ice in the long and, as Kathi said, “we can’t skate conservatively.” We really had to prove that our 4th place standing was just that, OUR 4th place.
What was it like waiting in the chute to get on the ice for awards?
Tears, tears, tears! Everyone was crying. Every single girl on the team and each of our coaches had gone into this season with the goal of medaling. When that goal came to fruition, we were a happy mess!
What advice do you have for younger skaters who dream of being on a nationally competitive senior team?
Continue to improve your individually skating skills. Continue to skate individually and accomplish your individual skating goals, but ALWAYS compliment your individual skating with synchro. Continue to skate on a team throughout all your individual endeavors. I moved away from home for college specifically to skate on a nationally competitive senior team. It was a difficult transition and a little intimidating, but it was the best decision I have ever made. The support system I have to help in my skating, school and work, as a result of ICE’kateers, is truly a blessing.
What are your goals for the future?
I hope to skate one more year with the ICE’kateers. This time I will be skating with my little sister, Allison, who will be joining the team in the fall. Unfortunately, that will be my final year with the team as I hope to finish my B.A. in Political Science and attend law school. I have considered many fields of study such as environmental law and constitutional law. I hope to refine my legal interest while in law school. My dream school is American University in Washington, D.C. I am currently studying for the LSAT. Once I receive my score for that exam I will begin applying to law schools across the country.