It all Began...
When I watched the German TV show "Stars on Ice", which was about celebrities learning how to figure skate. They teamed up with professional figure skaters in order to perform programs in front of judges. It seemed as if you could also learn this sport when you're already "advanced" in age. As a figure skating fan, I've always been interested in skating myself, too, but I had always thought that you'd have to start the sport as a child; otherwise you wouldn't be able to learn anything anymore. Furthermore, I neither had the right equipment nor a proper rink at hand at the time, so I gave up after my first attempts. Only much later, because of this show, did I realize that it's indeed possible to learn figure skating to a certain extent as an adult. This motivated me to try again for real. Due to some coincidences, I fortunately managed to find the right skates, as well as the best rink (in Dortmund)... This is how it all started at the end of 2006.
Then everything happened very quickly. In the spring of 2007 I discovered my passion for pairs skating. My partner and I then took on the goal of competing in an adult competition. We wouldn't have dared to as single skaters, all alone. After a year of practice, we made our dreams come true at the Fabulous Cup in April 2008. To our surprise, we were successful right away with a second place out of three pairs. We competed again in the following year with a new program. Sadly, this time we were the only pair competing in our category.
I practice approx. 6 hours a week. During the first two years, I taught myself most of the skills. Since the 2008-2009 season, Florian Just has been helping me out with advice, and I'm very grateful for that. As a pairs skater, he can even support me in both disciplines.
My next goal is to compete at the Gay Games 2010 as a single skater...
Here you'll find out about how the story continues sometime in the future...