By Brittany Bressler
University of New Hampshire Collegiate
Synchro. It is that one word that brings back so many memories and feelings of achievement that I have felt throughout my life. I started skating when I was two years old and now at age twenty, I realize that synchro means so much to me. Synchro means passion and perseverance. It is that feeling after the roughest practice, after being yelled at over and over again by your coach until you get it right, knowing that the bruise on your left hip from countless falls in practice was worth the perfect skate during your performance at Nationals. Skating is about finishing your program with no regrets, and looking over at your coach who is standing in the kiss-and-cry with tears in her eyes.
For the first twelve years of my skating career, I was strictly a “singles” skater. I competed by myself and I had a blast but there was always that aspect of teamwork and camaraderie that was missing from my sport that I never had. I tried out for a synchro team in the area and sure enough, I had the time of my life and I met so many friends. I knew the instant I stepped on the ice to skate synchro for the first time, that I had found my true passion. I have learned that synchro is about friendship and teamwork: pushing yourself because you know that each teammate in line next to you is working just as hard for you; trusting your best friends to work just as hard as you because you know that in the end, you are all working toward the same goal.
Because of synchro, I have had the opportunity to represent Team USA as my team traveled abroad to compete at international assignments and also the World Challenge Cup for Juniors in France and England.
I have been fortunate enough to travel internationally, pursuing something that I am so passionate about. To me, synchro means opening doors to such opportunities. Synchro is about being proud to represent my country as I skate at Worlds and other international assignments worldwide; synchro is about representing not only myself and my teammates, but also my country with pride. Synchro is about working your body to its limit, never once turning back. Those hours upon hours of practice time paying off, for that feeling of success. It is that feeling of accomplishment, knowing my team skated our absolute best and looking up at the American flag being raised at the awards ceremony in England, hearing the crowd chant, “USA! USA! USA!” These are the moments that make me truly grateful for what synchro has given me.
Synchro means perseverance. Synchro means commitment. Synchro means dedication and devotion. Synchro means working your body past its limit to achieve something you’ve always dreamed of. Synchro is about following your passion. Synchro is about pride. Synchro is about teamwork and friendship. Synchro is about knowing how much you’ve worked to achieve. Synchro is about that feeling of success when you know you’ve worked your hardest. Synchro is about traveling and new opportunities. Synchro is about testing your limits. Synchro is about reaching new heights. Synchro is everything to me.