This week, it was announced that Lifetime Television is looking for figure skaters to be part of a reality series called Kids On Ice. When I shared this news, the reactions from people in the ice skating community varied.
Some people feel that a reality show would show a bad side of our sport.
The casting announcement asked for "very involved moms" and for "coaches with strong personalities" who are serious about competing and winning. To some that translated to "nutty skating mothers" and "figure skating coaches that lie, steal, or cheat for their skaters." One person reacted with this statement: "It's a trap!"
Others remembered The Learning Channel's 2005-06 figure skating reality show, Ice Diaries, that showed the stories of four young women who hoped to qualify for the 2006 Winter Olympics. Although none of the featured skaters qualified, the show did give figure skating some great and positive exposure.
What are your thoughts? My thoughts are that a reality show about the figure skating world could be a good thing.
(In fact, my family has already applied to be a part of this project. I was told by two former Olympic figure skaters that we are "perfect" for this show! I do admit that my family may be a perfect choice for a show like this. My enthusiasm about figure skating is infectious and our dedication to the sport is not only interesting, but entertaining! I've been told that certain people log into Facebook on a daily basis to find out what's happening in the"next episode" of the skating Schneider-Farris family!)
I also want those who don't know much about our sport to know that figure skating teaches great life lessons. The hard work and dedication that is required can be taken from childhood into one's adult life.
I do hope that Kids On Ice becomes a reality and I do hope that the skaters and coaches chosen to be part of the show can also show television audiences the wonderful things our sport can bring into one's life! I hope my motto "Happy Skating!" can be passed on to everyone since our sport really does bring happiness!
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