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    How many "older" skaters here?

    I'd like to know how many skaters there are here who are middle-aged or older. Also, did you older folks start skating after adulthood or before?

    I myself am about to turn 48. I started skating when I was a kid, but after being away for so many years, it's like being an adult beginner except that I already know how to do things, I just have to make my body do them.

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    I'm 42. I started skating at 27.

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    I am 56 and started skating at 47

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    I'm 53. Started at 12, quit at 15, went back at 36. Figure skating saved my life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by megsk8z View Post
    I'm 53. Started at 12, quit at 15, went back at 36. Figure skating saved my life.
    I felt the same way when I was a kid. In fact, enough so that by the time I was 15 all my lessons, skates, everything was paid for by babysitting money, I took a bus 3 hours each way to get to the rink & back, and made my own skating skirts (& made cash sewing them for other skaters... I was rather industrious!)

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    Absolutely, treesprite! And good for you. I used to have to walk a couple of miles to get to the rink and would do that almost every day.

    I was a better skater at 38 than I was at 15. So there is hope.

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    I'm turning 52, started when I was 37. This is the only sport I've ever really loved.

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    I'm 45 and I took my first skating lesson (group class) at 27. I think you will be surprised at what your body will be able to do on the ice after you have been exercising and stretching regularly for a few months! The key is to build up your strength and flexibility BEFORE trying all of those things you used to be able to do as a kid.

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    I am 52. I skated for 4 years as a child, quit for 25 and have been back for 15 years. It is a wonderful way to stay in shape, and I am proud to say I got regular track Senior moves!

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    I have two friends starting in 50s and both suffered ER-worthy injury.
    Please, skate with caution and protective gears...

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    I'm 61. Roller skated as a child in Texas (no ice rinks back then) but couldn't afford lessons or personal skates. When I moved to New York at age 25, I took up ice skating, first group lessons, then some private lessons, and I bought a patch to practice compulsories. And yes I loved compulsories, since I wasn't athletic enough ever to do anything more than a waltz jump. Now alas, I have foot problems including bunions and can't afford the price of custom skates. I love figure skating.

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    I'm 43. Hope that's not passed middle aged.

    Kay
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    I'm somewhere between 40 and death (that's a Tallulah line).

    What happens when you return to skating after many years after other life amusements, is that the mind knows what to do, but the body keeps saying 'forget that'.
    Last edited by Joesitz; 05-20-2010 at 06:11 PM.

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    I'm 50 and have been skating for 6 years. Working on my Adult Silver MIF and Prelim Ice Dances. Skated as a kid (12-16), but that was so long ago. Had to learn everything again. Just glad I can still skate at my age.

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    Now alas, I have foot problems including bunions and can't afford the price of custom skates.
    It seems all us old skaters have foot problems. My left foot is pretty bad (a big bunion), but I cushion it up so it doesn't hurt too much.
    Penny- I have custom skates and my feet still hurt, all well.

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