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Skating with my niece and nephew last week was a glide down memory lane for me. As we made circles around the Los Alamos Ice Rink, with its thick crust of ice shavings and chilly air, I was reminded of another ice rink in another town.
In Littleton, Colo., the rink my family and I frequented years ago was indoors, but its lobby and the local rink share the same smell of hot chocolate in styrofoam cups and wet socks. Lacing up the rental skates on my niece’s and nephew’s feet showed me that rental skates have evolved from dull, scuffed brown shoes to snazzy red and black apparel with Velcro. Trying to squeeze my feet into a pair of skates that once slipped on so easily when my parents bought them for me when I was in middle school, I realized just how much things have changed since then and how some things have stayed the same.
When I saw Kristi Yamaguchi win the Olympic gold medal in figure skating on television, I wanted to perform the same skating moves she executed. When I started taking public lessons and then a few private lessons, I realized that this was far easier said than done and my skating talents were not going to take me far in this sport.
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