2017 US Figure Skating S.T.A.R.S Program

Yesterday we spent the day in Rochester, MN and participated in the 2017 US Figure Skating S.T.A.R.S Program. It was a combine assessment that measured strength, power, flexability, agility, coordination and balance. We were able to see Keara’s strengths and weaknesses and are able to focus on improvement for off-ice training. We will get a detailed report end of Aug or beginning of September with percentile score for each test and how she compared with all other participants….stay tuned!

Taken from US Figure Skating’s website: 2017 S.T.A.R.S FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What is S.T.A.R.S.?
A: S.T.A.R.S. (Standardized Testing of Athleticism to Recognize Skaters) is a U.S. Figure Skating program designed to standardize testing of the athletic abilities that support development of on ice skills. The goals of S.T.A.R.S. are to promote the athletic development of our athletes and keep them safe and injury resistant by training their bodies ahead of the on-ice skills curve.

Q: What areas of fitness are measured during the S.T.A.R.S. tests?
A: There are three primary areas measured: 1) Agility/Balance/Coordination, 2) Strength/Power, and 3) Flexibility.

Here are a couple highlights from our day.

The trainers were impressed 🙂
Figure Skating, Life of a Skater

Keeping the balance

People often wonder …how does Keara skates so many hours during the day, 45 min minutes away from home and still have time for her studies? It’s simple! She doesn’t have a set 8-3pm school schedule being home schooled. For example: Keara wakes up at 5am everyday but Wednesday’s. She gets on the ice at 6am and skates till 9am. We get home around 10-10:15am. She does school work on the 45 min ride home from the rink and when we get home. Around 1pm we take a rest break where we watch a show on TV and lay down. After that it’s back at it… if it’s nice they go place outside for a few hours then it’s dinner, washing up and back to school to do math at 6:30pm. Bed at 7:30pm so we can get up and repeat the day…weekends are are a day to “catch up” if need be. 

Here is a picture of Keara working on math this evening at 6:30pm


Out with the OLD, in with the NEW

Yesterday we spent he day in Minnetonka for the 2017 Sunflower Classic Competition Info here. Here is our day in review.

Woke up at 5:3am to get to 7:00am practice Ice. Lets just say she wasn’t in a great mood!
Keara and her coach Tamarah all ready to start the day! ❤
Keara and one of her coaches Rodrigo ❤
First order of business was her No Test Compulsory at 10:40 am

Placed 4th
2nd Competition was her No Test Free Skate that she had at 1:48 pm.

Keara placed 2nd out of 7 kids. Largest group she’s competed against.
That is our day in review. It was a long, fun, productive day. Now that this competition is over we are starting a NEW journey. Keara is retiring her “Potter Waltz” and getting a NEW song for her Freeskate program. In addition to that we have retired our old club jacket and are beginning a NEW journey with another club.We have also made a coaching move and asked our secondary coach Tamarah to be Keara’s Primary coach and she said YES!

We are very excited to start this next Chapter in our lives.