Hello there everybody I used to skate when I was little, maybe 4-6 years old, but it was rather unenjoyable. My mother had me skating between 4 and 5 hours a week and something about my boots or the strain on my legs gave me the worse growing pains imaginable, in fact I remember very little skating as compared to the times afterward when I was miserable. So naturally, I was little and un-enthused so I quit and my mother let me do so because she realized just how badly my legs did hurt after the sessions. I'm now 15 and want to get back into skating, though I highly doubt that it's even possible for someone as old as me to get too far along. (Aka you have something like a 98% chance of never seeing moi in the olympics or something) Plus I am now standing at around 5'6". Perhaps if I had kept skating when I was younger I would be one of the tiny, miniature women that we see skating all the time, but unfortunately I am not. Now for my questions:
1) I know that for most people start skating at between 4 and 8 years old, and that those are generally the only people able to make it to worlds and Olympics. However, I do want to advance as comefortably yet as quickly as possible, because the idea of competing, even in small competitions, appeals to me. How many sessions per week would you advise for me to start with? I was thinking two to begin with and then work up to three and four.
2) I am well aware that generally pairs skaters are very small and dainty with the women not being taller than 5'3" and not weight more than 110 lb. Is there any chance that someone as tall as I am could get into pairs skating? And if so, how tall would my partner need to be? (I was thinking somewhere between 5'11" and 6'3"). I know that this would be a very far away thing for me to do, but I am curious. Pairs skating is what I grew up watching, and the idea of it gives me a smile.
3)To be a good pairs skater in the near or distant future, what would you say is the maximum weight for a female to be for proper lifts and throws? (For someone tall like myself, not the weight of the general pixie-sized young lady)