Hobbies turn into sports as the girls fi nd a passion for competition

unnamed (2)Sophomore Abby Huddle and freshman Sally Nichols endure long practices and competitions, hoping to advance their skating careers.

Huddle began her figure skating career at the age of seven at the Garden’s Ice House in Laurel, Maryland. She first got into the sport after attending her friend’s ice skating birthday party. Since then she has continued to take lessons. She practices three to four days a week and figure skates both competitively and recreationally.

Huddle has also acquired close friends throughout her time as a figure skater because she has been able to meet people who share the same passion. She adds, “I’ve known the people since I was seven or eight; we have a really good bond and we know each other so well.”

 

Sally Nichols also started figure skating competitively, starting at the age of seven when her mother took her to the Wheaton Ice Rink. Furthering her career as a figure skater, Nichols now skates for the Wheaton Theatre on Ice Team, where she hopes to win medals.

Nichols recognizes the benefits of having her peers within the sport who have become close friends. “We can skate together and they can help me when I’m learning a new jump or spin because they can point out what I’m doing wrong or right,” says Nichols.

unnamedNichols also practices three days a week on average and figure skates competitively and recreationally. Nichols especially enjoys the traveling aspect of the sport. She says, “My favorite [part] is going all over the place. We go to different rinks and we meet other teams and we see their performances.”

Although figure skating is a hobby and sport that both Huddle and Nichols enjoy, the sport comes with its share of hardships. For Huddle, getting over the fear of falling was something she had to overcome. She says, “I struggled with not being afraid to fall and letting myself just skate.”