Similarities between a Wedding and a Skating Competition

August 10, 2009

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Focus: Preparing for the big event will require boatloads of planning, some obsessing and lots of mental visualization. You may find that you therefore have less time for other pursuits, such as blogging about your sport.

The Dress: Sure, the skating is important (i.e. an entire year’s worth of training culminating in one performance) and so is the fact that you’re getting married (i.e. committing to someone very very special for the rest of your life) but these are such minor details compared to How You Look. Whole hours, days, weeks and months can be consumed while considering the silhouette, decorative elements, and shade of the costume. For example, there are evidently 1 million different versions of white. And the fittings! These can comprise a second job.

Sportsmanship: Due to thousands of different variables (rain, acne, stomach flu, dull blades, sore ankle, ruts in the ice), things don’t always work out as planned. But nobody wants to root for a brat and nobody really wants to catch Bridezilla’s bouquet.

Balance and Coordination: In both realms, it is ideal to not trip, fall, or injure yourself or your partner. Then again, this could increase entertainment value.

Entering and Exiting with Style: Locker room equals Dressing Room. Ice equals Aisle. Kiss and Cry equals Receiving Line.

Nerves: Sure, beauty sleep is nice and it results in optimal energy levels for training, but it’s not completely necessary. Is it?

Flowers: In both cases, this element is fleeting. If you skate well, they might be thrown on the ice, handed to you over the barriers, or awarded to you after climbing the podium. If they make it back to your hotel room, you can try to balance them in one of the water glasses or maybe even the ice bucket in order to enjoy them for the few waking hours before your flight leaves in the morning. When planning a wedding, you will somehow get caught up in the wild misperception that the success of the entire event hinges on the exact mathematical ratio of calla lilies to dahlias to chrysanthemums. Or will it be gerber daisies to roses to poppies? Or maybe zinnias, to alliums to…    

Music: The better the music, the better the party, the louder the ovation, the bigger the smiles, the higher the scores, the funkier the boogie-ing. In other words, there probably shouldn’t be any ice dance music played during the reception, despite any and all threats or promises to do so. (Brace yourself for the Dutch Waltz!)  

Getting in shape: Hours of cross-training and conscientious dieting will result in exhaustion, malnutrition, irritability and very little perceptible change in your physical dimensions.  

Choreography: In skating, a program should tell a story filled with drama, emotion, and excitement. A bride and groom’s first dance should bring the audience to tears…of laughter? Perhaps lifts should be avoided if the dress is poofy, the shoes are slippery and/or if the lifter has never participated in this activity? Nah, might as well go for it!

Vacation: That week off after Nationals was always such a beautiful thing. This time? Honeymoon: palm trees, waterfalls…and no homework or exams to make-up. 

Cake: Okay, well I suppose this is more of a difference between a wedding and a competition rather than a similarity. But really, there should be more cake in skating, don’t you think? Judges, skaters, coaches, parents: let them eat cake! Or maybe smoosh it in each others’ faces…?

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Thanks for reading!

I’ll be back in the fall…that is unless I decide to stay in Hawaii and teach skating lessons on ice rinks composed of daiquiris. 🙂

 

In the mean time, here is some other stuff I’ve been up to:

 “Bridezilla Phobia” for DIY Bride. Click here, then click on the article title to read it…

“Downturn Trends in Decorative Throw Pillows” for Yankee Potroast. Click here.

More adventures from the Upper East Side Informer. Click here.

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8 Responses to “Similarities between a Wedding and a Skating Competition”

  1. Vivian Says:

    Enjoy it all Jocelyn; it’s really a special time. I am sure you will make a beautiful bride who will not hit her toepick walking down the aisle! Congrats!

  2. DVJ Says:

    So great to read a blog from you Joc!I miss your regular blogs!!This one was super,so funny.Yes,there really should be more cake in skating,there should be a big slice for all skaters everytime they come off of practice,competition,testing…forget medals and ribbons,make it cake.
    I know you must be so excited for your BIG DAY…you will be so beautiful:)

  3. Jenn Says:

    This is so cute! Good luck!

  4. Martina Says:

    awwwwww!! Very sweet indeed. I must admit, there are a lot of similiarities between the two, who would have thunk it??

    I can not wait to see you in your beautiful dress and Rob on the big day!!

  5. sitspin Says:

    I think you missed something – high heels can be just as bad as new skates – take those things off at the first opportunity you get!

  6. AR Says:

    Good analogy between planning for a competition and planning a wedding! Wishing you a beautiful wedding day and a beautiful lifetime together!

  7. Tech Panel Says:

    Here’s hoping for level 4 on all elements: dress, cake, music, food. Remember to hold your full split position for a minimum of three seconds during your rotational lift.

  8. LoriLee Says:

    Deep breath, then smile! Congratulations.

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