Best Gift in the World

@DianneN (88228)
United States
December 22, 2016 9:34am CST
As many of you know, my 8 year old granddaughter has been an avid enthusiast of figure skating, since she was just three years old. She has competed many times, won first place in most competitions in New York City, Lake Placid, New York, Connecticut, and Florida. She works long and hard, and continues to learn the required myriad of figure skating skills required by the US Figure Skating Association. Well, I am proud to announce that she gifted me with the landing of an axel! My myLot friend, a former figure skater herself, told me the axel was one of the most difficult steps to learn. @Much2say - SmilePie thank you! And thank you, my ice princess!
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@snowy22315 (54533)
• United States
22 Dec 16
Thats cool, maybe she will end up in the Olympics someday.
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
22 Dec 16
She is hoping for that. If not, she wants to be a Broadway star. Lol!
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@snowy22315 (54533)
• United States
22 Dec 16
@DianneN well I will keep my fingers crossed! Also, probably the ice capades need support players..She could tour with Disney on Ice or something like that.
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
22 Dec 16
@snowy22315 She would love that, I'm sure. A few years ago, The Ice Theater of New York wanted her for their shows. My daughter in law had to nix it for two reasons. First, one had to be at least ten years old and would waive her age of 5. Second, the shows were past her bedtime. Lol! But it was nice to be asked.
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@LadyDuck (183120)
• Switzerland
22 Dec 16
Congratulations to your little Princess Dianne, I know that the Axel is one of the most difficult steps, she must be so happy.
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
22 Dec 16
Thank you, Anna. She told me at our Thanksgiving in November that she has been working on it. This makes us all so happy for her. Yay!!!!!
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@LadyDuck (183120)
• Switzerland
22 Dec 16
@DianneN She really loves to skate, she must be proud of the progress she is doing.
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
22 Dec 16
@LadyDuck She does love to skate. I'm sure she is very pleased when she finally masters something. She isn't a natural born skater, but works very hard. That's what her new coach said. He's placing her with girls two levels above her in competitions. I hope it won't harm her self esteem.
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@Marty1 (36930)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
23 Dec 16
@dianneN COngratulations@! I thought it was getting darker later but know that was the light of your grin and a smile lighting up the cool Pennsylvania sky as far from us you are from Pa; I am so proud of her and happy for you! That was certainly a great Christmas gift!
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
23 Dec 16
You are so poetic tonight! I'm still smiling. Thanks so much.
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@Marty1 (36930)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
23 Dec 16
@DianneN I am going to learn poetry forms next year and maybe get published!
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
23 Dec 16
@Marty1 That sounds wonderful. You can do anything you set your mind to.
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• United States
22 Dec 16
I sense a future Olympian . . .
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
22 Dec 16
Wouldn't that be lovely????? Many thanks and I wish you a Merry Christmas!
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• United States
23 Dec 16
@DianneN aw thank you D and that means a lot and yes my senses/ hunches are usually correct and your enthusiasm in her dedication just makes it seem truly believable ! Have a wonderful Chanukah
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
23 Dec 16
@enlightenedpsych2 You are so sweet. Many thanks. xxx
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@rebelann (43130)
• El Paso, Texas
22 Dec 16
Considering I'm not a skater I still think what she achieved is awesome .... shoot, just skating on ice is awesome to me given that I had tried it back in the mid 1960s and after bumping my buns on the ice a few times I finally gave up. The skating rink didn't last more than 4 years here, it just never gets cold enough to make keeping one open affordable.
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
22 Dec 16
Thank you. We are very happy for her. It took lots of practice and hard work. Her friend is struggling with it, but my granddaughter is encouraging her. I used to skate in the swamps and ponds in my backyard when I was a kid. Too bad your rink couldn't stay open. They have many here in Florida that are used by adults and children.
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@rebelann (43130)
• El Paso, Texas
22 Dec 16
Not very many long time local residents would have a clue about them @DianneN most are more comfortable with Mexican traditions and so far I've seen nothing about ice skating in Mexico.
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
22 Dec 16
@rebelann Every area of the country is different. I understand that.
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@much2say (40556)
• United States
22 Dec 16
It really is an accomplishment! The axel is the last and biggest of the "single" jumps - and it seems to take the longest to learn but that's because of that extra half turn in the air . . . all from a forward entrance. Oh my gosh, that entrance the ice princess does in that video . . . 2 toe taps she does before the jump is a killer, at least for adults. Soon you will be seeing her do it from back crossovers. Well congratulations to her . . . a big clap clap from me! Thank you for the mention too !!
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
22 Dec 16
Oh, thank you! That means so much coming from you! I have to watch the video again to see what two toe taps look like. I'm still learning, thanks to you! Merry Christmas to you and your fabulous family! Giant hugs!!!
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@much2say (40556)
• United States
22 Dec 16
@DianneN See how she goes on her toe pics (like shuffling side ways on her toes), and then she takes a forward step to glide, then she jumps. My first coach had me doing it that way initially as kids "get it", but for adults there seems to be a mental block - at least for an axel entrance - too scary! Oh how I wished I had done this as a kid like your ice princess!! Many hugs back to you and your family! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah . . . enjoy the holidays!!
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
22 Dec 16
@much2say Now I will have to rewatch it again! You certainly do know how to point specifics out! I would have loved to see you skate. Do you have any videos that you can email me? I'm sure you were as graceful as a swan! My granddaughter also has a coach just for her arms. Lol! Have fun and enjoy your precious children!
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@theBlock (2754)
• United States
23 Dec 16
@DianneN She did great! My sister used to compete in ice skating, and she had told me how difficult it was to land an axel. Good for Hallie!
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
23 Dec 16
Thank you! Your sister must have been a wonderful skater. I've heard how difficult it is to do an axel from Hallie! Lol!
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@theBlock (2754)
• United States
23 Dec 16
@DianneN I'm sure Hallie is going to do more difficult skating maneuvers in the future.
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
23 Dec 16
@theBlock She certainly has a lot more to learn! At least she loves freezing on the ice! Lol!
@BelleStarr (39888)
• United States
22 Dec 16
Well done young Hallie, I loved watching the video. Well actually I watched two but who's counting lol
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
22 Dec 16
Thank you, but two?
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@BelleStarr (39888)
• United States
23 Dec 16
@DianneN Yes there was another video of Hallie that came up, she was in a blue costume and competing in a competition it seemed.
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
23 Dec 16
@BelleStarr Oh, I know. That was when she was 6 at her first competition in Lake Placid. I suppose if you kept watching, you'd see all her skating videos. Lol! I'll have to check that when I have time to breathe! Thanks.
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@just4him (128982)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
23 Dec 16
Doing good She's a real winner.
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
23 Dec 16
Thank you.
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@just4him (128982)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
23 Dec 16
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@valmnz (12862)
• New Zealand
22 Dec 16
She is one determined little lady isn't she!
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
23 Dec 16
She is like that in everything, unlike her grandma. Lol!
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@valmnz (12862)
• New Zealand
23 Dec 16
@DianneN I love a goal setter!
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@SAM774 (4178)
23 Dec 16
wow that's cool..... axel is one of the difficult step..... so happy to see her doing that... great
@DianneN (88228)
• United States
23 Dec 16
Thank you! We are proud.
@andriaperry (61412)
• Anniston, Alabama
23 Dec 16
Awesome, maybe I will see her on t.v. one day.
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
23 Dec 16
I would love to see her on TV, too!
@jaboUK (55200)
• United Kingdom
22 Dec 16
Wow, she really is so self-confident on the ice Dianne. We'll probably be seeing her in the Olympics when she's old enough.
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
23 Dec 16
Thank you for saying that, Janet. She was the first of her skating friends to do the axel, but didn't want it posted on Facebook until the other girls are able to do it. She amazes us in every way. We shall see about the Olympics, lol! She still has a long way to go.
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@allknowing (70922)
• India
22 Dec 16
Watched her in action. Super skater that one!!! A congratulatory wish is on its way. Pass it on!
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
22 Dec 16
Thanks so much!!!
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@Gillygirl (17605)
• Sutton, England
22 Dec 16
Bless her, she is so talented. A very merry Christmas to you all
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
23 Dec 16
Many thanks and the very same to you!
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@averygirl72 (16617)
• Philippines
22 Dec 16
It's really a best gift to see her really making a lot improvement and perfecting her skills.
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
23 Dec 16
Yes, thank you. She continues to improve each year.
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@acelawrites (12558)
• Philippines
22 Dec 16
Your granddaughter is so good at figure skating to think she is only 8! Such a pride of the family. Congrats!
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
22 Dec 16
Thank you! It doesn't come naturally to her. She works hard, but loves it so much.
@jhechorain (1228)
• Susanville, California
22 Dec 16
An excellent gift to bring you joy when ever you pass by the photo. You will feel pride and love.
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
23 Dec 16
Thank you so much. She makes my heart burst.
@moffittjc (46383)
• Gainesville, Florida
23 Dec 16
You must be so proud of her! She is quite the figure skater. Could we possibly be witnessing the birth of a future Olympian?
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
23 Dec 16
By now you must know how proud I am of her. Lol! She told me if she doesn't make the Olympics, she plans on being a Broadway star. Her parents have other plans for her, just in case......
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@moffittjc (46383)
• Gainesville, Florida
23 Dec 16
@DianneN I think being a Broadway star would be a very admirable career, if the Olympic skating gig falls through!
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
23 Dec 16
@moffittjc Perhaps she will be an astronaut and you can watch her blast off!
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@fishtiger58 (30319)
• Momence, Illinois
23 Dec 16
Outstanding I know how proud you must be, now I'm off to look at your video.
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
23 Dec 16
It's extremely short.
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@fishtiger58 (30319)
• Momence, Illinois
23 Dec 16
@DianneN but pretty cool she did good
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
23 Dec 16
@fishtiger58 She sure did until the end!
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