The Ice Princess

@DianneN (192681)
United States
September 15, 2020 4:27pm CST
Our ice princess took a giant step last week. She was one of a few selected to join the coaches of the Israeli figure skating team in their new location In Montclair, New Jersey at the rink of their local university. She must arrive before 8:00AM and remains there all day until 5:00PM. She will continue being coached by a few of her coaches. In between she will do her online schooling and skate more. There are heavy protocols in use. Each skater gets a temperature check upon arrival. Masks are to be worn by all except when skating on a portion of the ice or when alone on the ice. Parents may not enter the building. Each skater has a designated area with a computer, papers, and a box of their own filled with pens, pencils, etc. It is sterilized daily as are the restrooms. Our granddaughter doesn’t like change and was apprehensive until she got there. All the skaters are much older, but took her under their wings and love her. She knew a few girls and a couple of the older boys, so she is now a happy girl! She also loves her online schooling and especially learning American Sign Language. This grammy is so relieved about everything!
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@just4him (221008)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 Sep
What a fantastic opportunity! I'm glad she fit in quickly and is enjoying the new routine.
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
16 Sep
Thanks! She is always surprising us with something. This is the group of coaches that send kids to Nationals and the Olympics. Of course, school comes first. Now she's doing what most serious skater do. Online schooling and lots of practice time. Who would have ever thought?
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@just4him (221008)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
16 Sep
@DianneN Can I say, I told you so? I've been saying Olympics for a couple of years now. Do you want me to bring the smelling salts to the Olympics?
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
17 Sep
@just4him If she makes it to the Olympics, you better bring a defibrillator!
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• Sonora, California
16 Sep
That's awesome I took ASL in Highschool she's going to love it! Congratulations I know you are proud and rightly so...
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
16 Sep
Thanks so much! Her mother knows ASL, so they do it together. I'm sure it will come in very handy one day. She started it last March as an elective and truly loves it. Have you had a chance to use it often?
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• Sonora, California
16 Sep
@DianneN When I was younger, I had a friend who was hard of hearing, taught her some asl...
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
16 Sep
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@UncleJoe (18900)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
16 Sep
I studied sign language before my cataract operation so that if the surgery failed I would still be able to communicate.
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
16 Sep
. That was very wise of you. Cataract surgery is so dangerous.
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@UncleJoe (18900)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
16 Sep
@DianneN So is sign language. While choking on a chunk of steak in a restaurant one night I began flailing my hands in the air to get attention and accidentally propositioned a deaf lady at the next table.
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
16 Sep
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@nawala123 (18277)
• Indonesia
16 Sep
you grandaughter is ready to be a pro
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
16 Sep
Not quite, but she is climbing the steps. She works so hard at it, and we are very proud of all her gold, silver, and a couple of bronze medals. lol
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@nawala123 (18277)
• Indonesia
16 Sep
@DianneN it takes time, but i hope she enjoys the steps
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
16 Sep
@nawala123 She began at 3 years old and is now 12 and moving up level by level. She told me that skating is her lifeee. lol She enjoys it, because she wants to do it. Many other skaters are forced to do it by their parents.
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@sharon6345 (247905)
• United States
15 Sep
good luck to her.
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
15 Sep
Thanks!
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@sallypup (40558)
• Moses Lake, Washington
15 Sep
That's good that she will have fun while working hard.
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
15 Sep
I don't know how much fun she will have, but she loves skating. She told me it was her lifeeeeeee!
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@kobesbuddy (108392)
• East Tawas, Michigan
15 Sep
What a remarkable young lady, taking this giant step forward in figure-skating. In a very short while, she will love it!
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
15 Sep
She loves it already. I think she was more nervous of the new location. Our son and DIL are thrilled that she was chosen. Us, too.
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@kobesbuddy (108392)
• East Tawas, Michigan
15 Sep
@DianneN This was a great honor, her being selected for this wonderful experience:)
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
15 Sep
@kobesbuddy Yes, it was a great honor. There are so many great skaters where she used to practice and get coached. Many have made it to Nationals and the Olympics.
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@LadyDuck (303091)
• Switzerland
16 Sep
She has a great opportunity and I am sure she will be fine. They are doing everything to keep them safe.
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
16 Sep
I am very happy that they have such strict protocols. During the summer, they had strict protocols, too, but I caught her making Tik Tok videos with her friends on the ice without their masks! She told me that her coach put a stop to that immediately.
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@LadyDuck (303091)
• Switzerland
16 Sep
@DianneN Young people not always realize that this virus is not a joke, I am glad that her coach has an eye on them.
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
16 Sep
@LadyDuck I'm glad, too. When she was here visiting, she wouldn't kiss us, but let us hug her and play with her hair. lol
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@arunima25 (45038)
• Bangalore, India
16 Sep
Congratulations!! She always makes you proud. If I was her, even I would be not happy with all the changes. Seems like being in an alien land. But guess it's wise to have them for our safety.
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
16 Sep
Thank you! She's bright and athletic, and works so hard at skating. She told me that skating is her lifeeee! She's very used to the changes, because she's been skating all summer and working with her coaches. I think it's a new way of life for us all, including the kids. There will only be coaching and practices, but no competitions this year.
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@arunima25 (45038)
• Bangalore, India
23 Sep
@DianneN It's good to know that she is so dedicated to her passion and puts her best efforts. And she very much deserves what she has been getting. She has worked hard for it. And it is so nice that she has accepted these new norms well. Many kids would waste their time whining and complaining about the new changes. But she stays focused on her game.
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
25 Sep
@arunima25 Thank you! Apparently I was misled on the competitions. As you know, she had her first one yesterday.
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@DocAndersen (28047)
• United States
16 Sep
that is impressive though that she was invited!
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
16 Sep
Yes, it is awesome. These coaches have sent many to Nationals and to the Olympics. We never imagined she'd be doing what the serious skaters do - online schooling and lots of coaching and practices all day long. Thank goodness she loves it all. And thank goodness she can tie her own skates!
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@DocAndersen (28047)
• United States
16 Sep
@DianneN that is so amazing, how big is grandma's smile?
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
16 Sep
@DocAndersen This big! lol
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@Dreamerby (318)
16 Sep
Woow, I love figure skating(I haven't learnt it myself). I love watching videos on youtube. How graceful they look skating on ice with the music...the atmospherics change altogether!!
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
16 Sep
I don't figure skate either, and love watching it myself. I wish I could show you her videos. She skates to music, too, and looks more and more like an Olympian every day.
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16 Sep
@DianneN You can create a Youtube Channel, upload the videos there and post the link here. I was about to ask you to show her videos.
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
16 Sep
@Dreamerby I used to do that, but my son and his wife went crazy. Her coaches don't want her routines and music choices or costumes copied and want her privacy protected. Now I have to keep all her videos private.
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@BelleStarr (53979)
• United States
16 Sep
It is good that she is able to keep up with both school and her skating, these times have made it difficult for athletes. A relieved grammy is a good thing, lol
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
16 Sep
She told me skating is her lifeee! Fortunately, she is a good student. We never thought we'd see her doing what most serious skaters do - online schooling and skating all day. Signs of the times, I guess.
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@BelleStarr (53979)
• United States
16 Sep
@DianneN Well in that way this time has fit nicely into her skating schedule. Online learning is becoming a way of life.
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
16 Sep
@BelleStarr It worked out well. On the other hand, my grandson's private school in NYC is open. The school made major physical changes to the building including installing special ventilation in each classroom. 7 of the 11 students in my grandson's class returned to school. He chose the online option. We are all happy about that! Besides, he is living in NJ now. lol
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@much2say (43747)
• United States
16 Sep
Oh wow - the Ice Princess is really making the moves on the ice! Congratulations to her!! Good if they are being super strict about the protocols - it is very necessary (I wish more places were like that period!). Everything is working out so well for her, even during these crazy times - so thrilled for her!!!
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
17 Sep
Thank you!!!!! I couldn't wait to tell you! Her coaches have sent many to Nationals and to the Olympics. We are all so thrilled that they invited her and a select few to coach. So far, she's so happy there.
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@much2say (43747)
• United States
17 Sep
@DianneN So neat that I get to hear about her skating progress ! She does seem quite happy and that she really, really wants to be there. May she continue with her skating endeavors . . . maybe we'll see her at Nationals and the Olympics one day !
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
17 Sep
@much2say That's her dream, but remember, she isn't into boys, yet. 13 is the magic number and she turns 13 in June!
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@sunrisefan (25621)
• Philippines
16 Sep
Your ice princess has gone a long way, Ms. DianneN! Congratulations to her and to you!
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
16 Sep
Thank you!!!!! She told me that skating is her lifeeeeee.. She gets all the credit for her hard work. I wish I could show you her videos. She is amazing!
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@sunrisefan (25621)
• Philippines
16 Sep
@DianneN Amazing indeed - and beautiful too! That is why you take much pride in her. Even without that though, I'm very you would have been very proud of her. She excels because of the family supporting her in her endeavor, especially you.
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
16 Sep
@sunrisefan Thank you!
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• United States
16 Sep
Sounds like they're taking all the necessary precautions to make sure your Ice Princess and others are well protected while doing their skating. Sounds like a grueling day for your granddaughter but glad she's happy.
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
16 Sep
She loves every minute of it. She used to have to practice before school and 5 hours at the rink after school, not counting travel over the GW Bridge every day. She's a bundle of energy and used to it. At least she can have dinner at home now.
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• United States
16 Sep
@DianneN I'm so happy that shes back to living her dream.
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
16 Sep
@Janet357 (58702)
16 Sep
She is just a gorgeous talented girl!
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
16 Sep
and smart as a whip, too. Thanks!!!
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@Janet357 (58702)
17 Sep
@DianneN how old is she?
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
17 Sep
@Janet357 She's 12 now!
@LindaOHio (46996)
• United States
16 Sep
Sounds really great as long as her schooling doesn't suffer. How far is this drive going to be for her parents? That's quite an honor for her; and learning ASL is a wonderful goal.
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
16 Sep
She is a brilliant student in a private online school and in the gifted and talented program. She loves school and has always been a top student, so I doubt her schooling will suffer. I think my son mentioned that it would take 20 minutes. He confused us with times for ice hockey for my grandson by comparing last year's minutes for traveling with and without traffic. lol. Could be 40 minutes. Thanks! We are thrilled she was invited to join. The coaches must see something in her.
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@LindaOHio (46996)
• United States
16 Sep
@DianneN I'll bet you're so proud that you could burst!
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
16 Sep
@LindaOHio I can explode!
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• Santiago, Chile
16 Sep
I am so happy to hear that your granddaughters was selected to be part of such team. She must be really good at skating on ice! It must be a great experience for her!
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
16 Sep
Thanks! She is really good and told me skating is her lifeeee! . I wish I could show you her videos.
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• Santiago, Chile
16 Sep
@DianneN I bet she is really happy when she's skating on the ice rink. Keep us posted on how she's doing, it is a pleasure to know about your family!
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
16 Sep
@jvicentevalera Thanks so much! I will let you know.
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@jstory07 (94826)
• Roseburg, Oregon
16 Sep
That is good news for her. I hope she is having a good time.
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
16 Sep
She loves the skating and her classes. What more can a granny ask for? How are you doing. They had a report of Oregon on CNN tonight.
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@jstory07 (94826)
• Roseburg, Oregon
16 Sep
@DianneN We are still safe and the air is clearing.
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
16 Sep
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@sarik1 (3672)
16 Sep
That is great good news. and congratulations .
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@DianneN (192681)
• United States
16 Sep
Thanks so much! We are thrilled for her.
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@sarik1 (3672)
16 Sep
@DianneN Good.
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