by Ceci Picard from Team Ashburn
Skating sisters, especially synchro sisters–we all have them whether we know it our not. They are there for us in the good times and the bad. They help you get through things, skating related or not, and they always know how to act and what to say. They are the ones who are there for you when you don’t pass your moves test or the ones standing next to you in the kiss and cry waiting for the results. They are the ones celebrating with you when you landed all your jumps in your program and they were the ones there for me when I made it to nationals.
I have 16 synchro sisters, and they are the best kind of sister out there. Everyone has school friends, camp friends or neighborhood friends, but for me, no one comes close to my skating sisters. We all learn together, practice together, and grow together. We wake up early, skate our hearts out and crash together. We all go through the bad practices and the outstanding performances together. We have sleepovers (even though we have to go to bed at 9:30 for early morning practice). When we have bad skating or school days our skating sisters always remind us to forget about the past and look towards the future. Our team really is a big family, and most importantly we seriously care for each other.
I get to compete in the USFS Solo Ice Dance National competition this weekend and between the good luck posts on Facebook, the encouraging texts, and the surprise party at the restaurant in our rink, I was reminded how much I love these girls. One of my teammates lent me the dress I’ll wear if I make final rounds. I live for skating and my teammates are a huge factor in why I choose to go to bed early instead of going to a friend’s sleepover, and why I go to the rink every afternoon instead of the mall. I want to do well at nationals for my girls. They had so much confidence in me, even before the season ended, about my nationals performance. Synchronized skating is truly a beautiful sport filled with triumph, heartbreak and some amazing life long friends. I would never in a million years change sports because of these girls. I read a quote somewhere that I think sums up synchronized skating perfectly:
“Our inside jokes are too many to name, when we’re apart its never the same, when we’re together its nothing but fun – replacing my girls just cant be done.”
Ceci skates on Intermediate for Team Ashburn and is competed in Bronze pattern dance at Nationals.