Kimberly Kelly is 22 years old and has been an ICE ‘Kateer for seven years. She skated on the junior team from 2005-2009 and the senior team from 2009-2012. Kelly has her senior moves, novice free, and pre-silver dances. She received her degree in Merchandise Marketing from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and is working on a bachelors in business in pursuit of a career in fashion merchandising, allocations, or management. Her favorite skating memory is last year’s long program when the team had nothing to lose they poured every ounce of themselves out onto the ice for the judges to see.
How did this season differ from past seasons?
This season differed from past seasons in a couple of key ways. The first would have to be the team itself. We started the season with nine skaters and grew to a hearty 19 skaters. The demographics of the skaters all varied as well. Each person came from a different walk of life. We had girls that it was their first year trying synchro and girls who have been around for more than a decade. Some of the team was of high school age but the majority was older at the college age. We also had a taste of 4th from last year that lingered in our mouths. We all knew what we were capable of and we all wanted it badly. Last year’s long left us hungry.
What were your goals/expectations leading up to Nationals?
Hands down we were hoping for two great skates and potentially a medal. Nationals are always challenging because well, this is it. There is no next skate. We all still want this experience to be memorable and this one will definitely live within us for a long time coming. We wanted that medal badly so we all left Worcester quite satisfied.
How did you feel following short leading up to long?
Awesome! We loved both of our programs this year and having a great short only gave us confidence for the long.
What was it like waiting in the chute to get on the ice for awards?
Waiting in the chute was terribly emotional. We were the 2nd to last team to compete and the 5th place team from the short skated right after us so the suspense was agonizing. When we heard the results there were some serious tears of joy accompanied by a lot of laughter and love.
What advice do you have for younger skaters who dream of being on a nationally competitive senior team?
Remember to always believe in yourself. Synchro is something that runs deep in all of us so if you believe with enough of yourself and are willing to put in the hard work, then you can do it. Remember to make friends and to have lots of fun with them because you will keep them forever!
What are your goals for the future?
I would love to continue with my involvement within the ICE ‘Kateer organization by continuing to coach. I love the sport with so much of me and I hope that I can share that with others. All of the ICE ‘Kateers that we have this year have been wonderful whether they were on youth or senior. There is so much that each one of these families has to offer the ICE ‘Kateers and so much that the teams can offer to enhance their lives. There is a little ICE ‘Kateer in all of us and all I can hope for is that it grows a little more with each passing season.