Winter means many things to many people: holidays, roasted chestnuts, snow men/forts/balls/angels, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), etc. For me, one particular association has always trumped the rest… ice skating. In my home state of Minnesota, free outdoor skating opportunities abound during the winter, and I took full advantage of them growing up. So, I was understandably thrilled to hear that the Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs would be temporarily installing a skating rink in Acacia Park, open for free to the public every day from noon to 8pm through December 9th.

In the spirit of the season, Craig Richardson and I decided to take advantage of this new public offering. We made our way down to Acacia Park, skates in tote, and took to the ice. (Well, it’s not really ice in the traditional sense of the term; it’s actually a hard plastic surface covered with a thin layer of watered-down vegetable oil, but it’s a pretty close approximation.) Craig filmed the experience, and as we reviewed the footage, we noticed something truly remarkable about the little skating routine that I put together for the occasion. As it turns out, my performance bore an uncanny resemblance to Jill Trenary’s 1990 US Figure Skating Championships gold medal winning program. Craig and I matched up the footage, and, sadly, the plagiarism is undeniable. See for yourself…

I encourage you to head down to the Acacia Park rink while you still can. As mentioned above, skating is free (although a donation to the Empty Stocking Fund is encouraged), and the rink is open noon-8pm on weekdays, 10am-8pm Saturday and Sunday. Skate around, do some axels, toe loops, spirals, spins–who knows which former champions you may be channelling.

 

4 Responses to Me Skate Pretty One Day: An Acacia Park Ice Drama

  1. Mary Ellen Davis says:

    HURRY! Maybe if it is popular this year they’ll extend the ‘season’ next year!

  2. GR Smith says:

    Such grace! Enjoyed the ‘fast’ foot work!

  3. Wallace says:

    What a moving performance. Thanks for sharing!

  4. kathryn says:

    Brings a tear to my eye.

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