EDINA (WCCO) — This week’s Community Spotlight winner takes us to Edina where an ice skating team is turning heads on and off the ice.
They make it look so easy, but the 16 synchronized skaters that compete on the ice for Team Braemar work extremely hard to be this good.
“It’s a year-round sport and there are a lot of weeks they put in 12 hours of skating,” said Coach Pam May.
“We’ve had training camps where we’ve gone up to 8 hours a day. It’s time consuming, but worth it,” said ice skater Taylor May.
The hard work has more than paid off. This year was the third time they have gone to the World Championships at the junior level, and they took 3rd place beating teams from around the world.
The girls come from 16 different high schools across the state, but when it comes to competing and giving back, they are a family. And they recently treated kids at Starlight Children’s Foundation the same way.
“What we decided to do was make tie blankets for them and we made almost 150 of them and we donated them. So, it was kind of like Christmas presents for the season,” said ice skater Nicole Voltz.
When they aren’t busy competing in countries like Sweden, Finland and France, the girls have also volunteered with the Ronald McDonald House and Feed My Starving Children.
For a group that knows how to synchronize on the ice, their teamwork off it is just as good.
“I am very proud of them. They do not have a lot of free time. They have become a family and it keeps them progressing as a team and as human beings,” said May.
May said the team will use the Community Spotlight money to pay for travelling expenses next season.
A special thanks to Sieben, Grose, Von Holtum and Carey for sponsoring Community Spotlight for High School Sports Rally.