Meet Mrs. J: Age 76, Figure Skater

January 12, 2009

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That’s right, Joan is 76, and she got 3 medals on Saturday at the Adult Figure Skating competition.  When she was a girl her Mum used to take her and her brother skating a few times a week, as she played hockey.  Again, her Mum played hockey back in the 20’s.  Joan has been skating her whole life, and started taking lessons and now competes in dance, interpretive routine, and the team skills competition.  She is an inspiration for us all to engage in lifelong fitness, as who would not want to look that great in their 70’s?  Her interpretive routine “Condescending Duchess” brought the house down, she placed third out of a field of six:

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As I was in charge of giving away medals on Saturday (which came as a surprise to me, but we all rolled with the punches and I ended up having a great time.)  I made everyone get up on the podium, receive their medal properly, and made sure they all got a big round of applause, even those who protested the loudest had the biggest smiles on their face cause we made a fuss of them all.  The skaters ages ranged from 25-76, and the skills were people barely able to push around the ice and perform their routine, to a lady trying a double axle.  At the end of the day they had a team competition where everyone did one element, from a spiral, spin, to simple jumps.  It was a great way for people to participate, here are the winners of the CanSkate team competition:

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The team on top, with Ron in his tuxedo, was called “007 and his girls”.  Ron learned to do forward cross cuts just for the competition.  Two hours later he still had his medal on (his first) and showed it to me with a HUGE smile on his face.  I got to meet other skaters just coming back to skating, including a man who used to skate at the National level who just purchased his first pair of skates since ’92, and plans to get his double jumps back this year (you and me both!).  The competition went from 8 am to 9 pm, and I was exhausted by the end.  I did get a few chances here and there to work on my new sock however, which is growing nicely.  I also decided to enter the freeskate competition next year!  What a good day!

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4 Responses to “Meet Mrs. J: Age 76, Figure Skater”

  1. Anne said

    Ok – I would be happy to look that good at 50. Maybe even at 40! But 76??!?!

    She’s rockin’ it.

  2. That’s awesome!! 😉

  3. Jewel said

    No way is she 76 are you sure! I’m hopping I look that good when I’m that age.

  4. Heather Joins The Round said

    Holy cow, that is so inspiring!

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