If you have followed me for awhile, you know that I don't rant (much). I try to use humor to thinly disguise my likes and very definite dislikes.
From the time a skater first decides to take those tentative glides, the word "simple" simply doesn't exist. Every new skill has to be mastered. Every part of physical, emotional and creative education is challenged. Simple becomes brushing your teeth; tying your shoe. "Simple" is a word in a Nursery rhyme. Skating is difficult.
Now, "Easy" is another concept altogether.
It takes years of difficult "simple" to produce the illusion of "easy." It takes training, conditioning; sometimes it takes injury and recovery. It takes athletic skill and a great understanding of the art and sport of skating to turn simple into easy.
As we head into Greensboro, please think about all those skaters who have worked so hard to simply succeed at their level of this sport. Each one who qualified through Regionals and Sectionals -each one skating to represent their club, their state or who have represented our country on the international stage - made it there not by simply deciding to skate, but by making a commitment to turn their dreams to reality.
It's that simple. It is anything but easy.
Applaud them all - friends and competitors alike. And while you watch each one strive to be the best they can be, before you criticise ask yourself, "Could I do that?" The simple answer is probably no.