Because Every Once in a While You Need a Different Kind of Skating Rink

@DianneN (66266)
United States
January 11, 2017 9:19am CST
Most of my friends know that my ice princess is a figure skater. She won her first championship at age three and has racked up more first place wins since then at various arenas in New York, Connecticut, and Florida. My son complains about the cost of her coaches, choreographer, and equipment, including her custom made costumes. My daughter-in-law complains about getting up at 4:30AM three days a week for before school practice. She complains about driving to coaching lessons three days a week. She complains about after school and weekend practices. She complains about the cost of parking their car in NYC for ice time practices. But they wouldn't have it any other way. However, they don't complain when the ice princess chooses to roller skate with her friends close to home. She is 8 years old (going on 18) Lol! I wonder if her coaches complain.
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@moffittjc (38159)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Jan 17
Now there's something I haven't done in quite a long time...roller skate! I used to love going to the roller skating rink as a kid (and still somewhat as a teenager) to hang out with all my friends and skate. Not sure if you are aware of the roller skating rinks down in the WPB area, but my hangout used to be Atlantis Skateway in Greenacres. Not sure if it is even still there anymore.
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@DianneN (66266)
• United States
11 Jan 17
I did both as a kid and teen, but was not very good. I have no idea if Atlantis is there, but will check it out in case the kids come for a visit. Thanks!
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@moffittjc (38159)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Jan 17
@DianneN The place was a dump back when I skated there, so if it is still around, I can't imagine it got any better. I wonder if there are any other skating rinks in places like Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, or farther south in Delray or Boca? There was another rink called The Palace, in Lantana next to the airport on Lantana Road. I think it closed down now, but I'm not 100% sure.
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@DianneN (66266)
• United States
11 Jan 17
@moffittjc The one on Lantana is long gone. I will have to check out those other rinks. Do you remember the water tower on Lantana? They are going to build a shopping center and restaurants there. I hope it perks the place up a bit.
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@shaggin (32598)
• United States
11 Jan 17
Her coaches may want her to take it easy off the ice but she needs to have time for other fun things to. I loved roller skating when I was young!
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@DianneN (66266)
• United States
11 Jan 17
They have her tap dancing off the ice and doing stretching classes, but she leads a full life off ice otherwise. I was always afraid of falling when I roller skated, but did it anyway. I'm not the most athletic person you ever saw. Lol!
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@shaggin (32598)
• United States
11 Jan 17
@DianneN Speaking of broken tailbones once again... I and a few other friends were invited to one of my best friends birthday party. I believe we were 12 at the time. It was at a local roller skating rink. The birthday girl fell down at the beginning of her party and broke her tailbone.
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@DianneN (66266)
• United States
12 Jan 17
@shaggin OMG! How awful. Did she recuperate well?
@allknowing (58057)
• India
12 Jan 17
I have noticed something different with kids in the US. The kids are into countless activities besides their school. My own extended family kids do that. I wonder why.
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@DianneN (66266)
• United States
12 Jan 17
My kids were also involved in all kinds of activities right through high school. Eventually, it teaches them many things, offers enrichment, fitness, socialization, skills, and gets them into great universities. Lol!
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@UncleJoe (9185)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
11 Jan 17
I have never roller-skated But I once got a pair of ice skates for Christmas. Unfortunately, they melted.
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@DianneN (66266)
• United States
11 Jan 17
Here we go again. A big
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@AunBecky (154)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
11 Jan 17
Regardless of the extras they "cost" us we still love to make our young ones happy. She is a real cutie pie.
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@DianneN (66266)
• United States
11 Jan 17
Of course, and we want to give them everything life has yo offer. My son has that responsibility, and refuses any financial help from us. Thank you! We think she's a cutie pie, too.
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@Corbin5 (88710)
• United States
11 Jan 17
I doubt her coaches complain. They have a winner!
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@DianneN (66266)
• United States
11 Jan 17
Aww, thank you!
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@JESSY3236 (5446)
• United States
11 Jan 17
I haven't been to our roller skating rink in a long time. Ours had moved and it's supposedly bigger now.
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@DianneN (66266)
• United States
11 Jan 17
I can't skate anymore. I'm afraid I'd break every bone I have. Lol!
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@rebelann (35728)
• El Paso, Texas
12 Jan 17
Wow, 3 years old and already skating, that's amazing.
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@DianneN (66266)
• United States
14 Jan 17
My grandson began at age 2. It's amazing what kids can do.
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@rebelann (35728)
• El Paso, Texas
14 Jan 17
I don't have kids so all I'm familiar with are what I see kids doing around here @DianneN so far I've only seen 2 yr olds still in diapers but then I also notice their moms are usually in their teens which might be the reason.
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@DianneN (66266)
• United States
14 Jan 17
@rebelann Pathetic. You would think they'd know better by now.
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@katsmeow1213 (29023)
• United States
11 Jan 17
I can't imagine the poor girl would want to skate for fun after all that mandatory skating! She must really enjoy it
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@DianneN (66266)
• United States
12 Jan 17
She loves it! It's what she wants to do. Not mandatory at all.
• United States
12 Jan 17
@DianneN Well all those practices are sort of mandatory, but of course she could quit if she weren't enjoying it. I understand.. my kids are into music and theater. My 14 year old son is hardly ever home. Right now he goes to play practice right after school, then some nights he'll go to pep band, tonight he'll have drumline. He's always doing something.
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@DianneN (66266)
• United States
16 Jan 17
@katsmeow1213 The day she says that she's done with figure skating will be fine with us, if that's what she wants to do. Kids need to be exposed to a variety of activities and the more they try, the better it is for them. My days of carpooling are long over. Lol!
@much2say (37379)
• United States
13 Jan 17
I'm sure the coaches aren't complaining . . .unless she canceled on them because of this roller event ! A kid needs to be a kid . . . I'm glad she got to skate with her friends like that - even if it were on wheels . She's on inlines! Oh my gosh, a fellow skater friend and I went inline skating outdoors at the beach one day . . . and that totally threw us off. We had a bit of hard time recovering the next day when we went to practice ice skating the next day - but that's the adult mentality - I'm sure the Ice Princess had no problems!!
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@DianneN (66266)
• United States
13 Jan 17
Inlines? Now you're teaching me something else! Go away. I'm still trying to figure out an Axel from other turns in the air. Lol! I hope it didn't mess up her ice skating. The coaches wouldn't be too happy. She had a rotten coach at her first year at overnight camp. When she got home, her regular coach had to undo all the wrongs she picked up at camp. My daughter in law researched a fabulous coach for her last summer. Whew! I just remembered something. When I roller skated 105 years ago, I'm positive my skates had four separate wheels like a car. Now I see the difference. Live and learn! Thanks once again.
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@DianneN (66266)
• United States
18 Jan 17
@much2say I enjoyed reading your comments. Thanks for spending all that time responding. I'm sorry it took me so long to respond. Still catching up here. What you said was very interesting. I'm sure kids aren't so set in their ways as adults are. My ice princess had a good coach who straightened her out, at least well enough to win a lot of competitions. I remember Tara Lipinski, But of course wasn't in the know about double axels then! Lol! Thanks so much. You certainly know your stuff!
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@much2say (37379)
• United States
22 Jan 17
@DianneN My apologies if I ever bore you with the skating stuff . . . I can get long winded on the subject if someone can relate to what I'm talking about . I'm sure the ice princess has the best coaches that look after her!
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@SIMPLYD (76501)
• Philippines
12 Jan 17
Parents can only complain by themselves but not stop her from skating because they know it's where she gets those medals for winning the championship. She looks matured for an 8 year old . Look at that , she poses like a model . She took it from you maybe .
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@DianneN (66266)
• United States
12 Jan 17
They complain, but would never keep her from her dreams in anything, medals or no medals. She learned how to pose when she was 5 years old all by herself. Lol! You can tell she's still a little girl by her pink necklace.
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@SIMPLYD (76501)
• Philippines
13 Jan 17
@DianneN Well , we parents would always complain , but we never deter our children if it is for their own improvement and good . Yeah , the pink necklace is a give away that she's still so young . My daughter starts not liking pink when she is already about 7 years old. She finds it a too girly color .
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@DianneN (66266)
• United States
13 Jan 17
@SIMPLYD You are right about never detering our kids. We want the best for them. Yes, that pink necklace says she is still a little girl. I'm sure she received it as a gift. Purple is her favorite color, so she says. She's just like her mother, who still loves purple. Lol!
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@just4him (99560)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Jan 17
I don't think her coaches complain, unless it's that she isn't spending more time on the ice. Great picture. I love her smile. She also has a very confident stance. She's going places. I expect to see those videos of her when she was 3 during her Olympic career.
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@DianneN (66266)
• United States
11 Jan 17
What the coaches don't know won't hurt her. Thank you about her smile. She is now loaded up with braces. Lol. She is pretty confident in everything, but still a little pipsqueak. We shall wait and see what the future holds. As I've said before, if she doesn't make the Olympics, she plans on being a Broadway star. 'Nuff said.
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@just4him (99560)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Jan 17
@DianneN She'll do great whatever she does.
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@DianneN (66266)
• United States
11 Jan 17
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@sunrisefan (16716)
• Philippines
12 Jan 17
Your little princess looks groovy, Ms. Dianne :)
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@DianneN (66266)
• United States
12 Jan 17
That she does! Lol!
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@sunrisefan (16716)
• Philippines
12 Jan 17
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@fishtiger58 (30572)
• Momence, Illinois
11 Jan 17
Being a ice skaters mom is tough work. She sure is a little cutie and um she does look older than 8 Dianne, yikes they could be in big trouble when she gets older.
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@DianneN (66266)
• United States
12 Jan 17
It is tough on mom. Thank you. I think that little girl necklace says it all for now. Lol!
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@fishtiger58 (30572)
• Momence, Illinois
12 Jan 17
@DianneN For sure
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@_Koko_ (350)
• United Kingdom
18 Jan 17
I have never personally skated but it looks very fun to try out .
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@DianneN (66266)
• United States
18 Jan 17
I certainly wouldn't want to try it at my age!
@AliCanary (1706)
14 Jan 17
I'm averse to cold weather and am definitely a roller girl, myself!
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@DianneN (66266)
• United States
14 Jan 17
I wear a parka to her competitions. It's cold in there. I had to buy one special when she came to Florida last year to compete.
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@AmbiePam (46881)
• United States
14 Jan 17
It is so wonderful that the whole family is in on her dream.
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@DianneN (66266)
• United States
14 Jan 17
Aw, thank you! Everyone in the family is crazy about her and her brother. We shall see what the future holds for her ice skating.
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@BelleStarr (34875)
• Portland, Connecticut
14 Jan 17
lol Well we all love to rollerskate don't we? Or at least we did!! She looks so cute and happy too!!
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@DianneN (66266)
• United States
14 Jan 17
I was always afraid I'd fall, even on regular skates with those four wheels. She's a happy girl. Thank you!
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@shshiju (9796)
• Cochin, India
12 Jan 17
The parents complaints are usual. But I think they forget about everything when they see the little champion.
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@DianneN (66266)
• United States
14 Jan 17
Lol! That's true. Thank you!
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@snowy22315 (37993)
• United States
12 Jan 17
Well it is certainly more convenient. Well one of these days when she wins a gold medal it will all be worth it! lol
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@DianneN (66266)
• United States
12 Jan 17
Lol! We'll have to see about that.