Hi guys! I found this forum while searching ice skating stuff on Google and I thought it was a good place to ask this. (btw, English is not my native language so I apologize in advance for any typo or grammar mistake).
Ok, here's the thing: I've always been interested in figure skating, but my parents always tried to put me down and convince me to choose another sport - but I wasn't interested in other thing than ice skating and after 8 years, at the age of 16, I finally convinced them to pay for skating lessons. I was very happy and enjoyed it a lot, until one day while I was practicing my three-turn, I fell on my tailbone and it hurt terribly (nowadays it still hurts a little bit, so it was a nasty fall really). After that, I began to be scared before doing everything - jumps, spins and especially three-turns. I was terrified. I continued with my lessons for 5 months but my coach began to get mad at me for everything and he would yell at me very loud in front of everyone because I wasn't able to pick up the moves as quickly as the little girls and it was really humiliating. I was feeling really frustrated and sad and the whole thing was self-defeating so I decided to quit because I wasn't able to achieve anything and I felt I was wasting my parents' money.
The thing is that I never stopped liking the sport but I was too afraid to go back. Nowadays I'm 19 and since I'm working and can pay for my own lessons (and also I've found out that my coach is not teaching anymore in the ice rink I used to go to) I'd really LOVE to take up this beautiful sport again. But... do I really have any chance to learn or will I be scared again and waste my time and money? Even if I'm not scared/mentally blocked or whatever... will I ever be able to become a graceful figure skater, learn axels and land doubles and maybe triples? I'm not talking about being a competitive skater, I just would love to learn how to do graceful jumps and spins, even if it takes 10 years!
I'm really passionate about figure skating and ever since I quit I have had a weird feeling of emptiness in my life, but at the same time it still frightens me a lot. Anyways, do you guys have any advice for me to lose fear and do a successful three-turn so I'm able make progress in this sport once and for all? Do you have any off-ice training recommendations to improve my flexibility and balance?
Thanks in advance