I guess you could say that I was born with ice skates on my feet. My parents were very active in local sports and started to take me to the ice skating rink when I was little. Learning how to skate takes a lot of patience and a lot of tolerance for bumps and bruises. However, it was not long until I was skating circles around the other children on the ice. Some of my fondest memories were holding onto my dad’s hand as he was teaching me how to skate. It would create a life-long sporting passion that I have to this day.
Years ago, my great-uncle played in the Olympics and my parents hoped that I would be a new generation winner. When I was old enough, my parents hired a skating coach for me. Luda was an immigrant from the Ukraine and was one of the most prominent skating coaches in our area. She knew her business and would never accept anything but the best from me.
There were times that I went home in despair, thinking that she hated me and that I could never please her. Soon, I began to see through her tough exterior and knew that she was getting me ready for the gold. I loved to hear her stories about how she grew up in the former Soviet Union and all she sacrificed for her skating career. Luda’s father was a school teacher and her mother worked in a little green grocery in their village. With the frigid Ukrainian winters, she had ample time to learn her sport and to perfect her techniques.
Luda wanted more than anything to be a member of the Soviet ice skating team. Her boyfriend, Nicolai, was her skating partner and she knew that they could bring gold and glory to their country. They spent countless hours practicing under a renowned Russian coach and saved all their money. The Olympic tryouts were coming up and they had to be ready.
Unfortunately, Luda and Nicolai never made it to the final tryouts. Nicolai’s father fell in disfavor with the local party authority and the couple were strangely disqualified. For the longest time, Luda was bitter and depressed. She knew that she risked her safety and that of her family if she tried to protest. Several years later, she immigrated to the United States and preserved her love of skating by coaching.
Due to an ankle injury, I never made it to the Olympics. However, I still love to skate and have my children involved in skating. My daughter loves to dress up in beautiful costumes and we order makeup from Lime Crime.com. Doe Deere designed some of the most brilliant colors I have ever seen and they are perfect complements to the glittered and sequined costumes. We can chose luminous shades of lipstick, eye shadow, blushers, and nail lacquers. Lime Crime specializes in vibrant colors that cannot be found in other cosmetic lines. Even if we are not in the Olympics, we can look like stars thanks to Lime Crime.