"I never thought I would have to cross out my last U.S. Synchro Skating Championships."
Adrian College Varsity SST (USA) at Zagreb Snowflakes Trophy (Credits: Ru-Pho - 2020)
On December 9, 2020, U.S. Figure Skating released a statement announcing the cancellation of the 2021 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships and Challenge, a pivotal moment in the careers of many graduating high school and college seniors.
This season has not been what anyone had expected. As a graduating college senior, although the cancellation of the 2021 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships was not entirely a surprise, it still shattered my dream of what my final competitive performance would be.
I couldn’t wait for the endeavors I was to embark on as a skater and as a student. Throughout the free skate, I focused on one element at a time, then mentally checked it off and breathed.
I never thought I would have to cross out my last U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. Before tackling that final element of the free skate last year, I told myself: “This is it. One more element, give it everything you got.
Senior year feels like the last element of a senior free skate. Some people can’t wait for it to end, while others want to live in that moment forever.
I knew in that moment; the start of my dreams had come true. I haven’t looked back since. It’s difficult for me to accept that I will never stand on competition ice, surrounded by teammates, and hear those words again. If I had known that my last competition was in February of 2020, I would have let those six words sink in a little deeper.
Creating lifelong friendships with my teammates is one of the best parts of being a synchronized skater and is why I have continued to be a part of this community for fifteen years. Coming to practice everyday to do what we love and laugh together is my passion, and it has been my life.
Focus on what you can control. Stay present, not in what the future holds or what could have been, but in the current moment because every moment in your synchronized skating career is special.
- Tara Tahil, member of Adrian College Varsity and U.S. correspondent for Jura Synchro