I started skating at the age of five or six during the Depression. No skates for sale as no one had money.
My dad decided to make a pair for me, as it must have been the thing to do at that time. He glued a butcher knife between two pieces of wood, and with a good sharpener made it to fit my rubber shoes, and with some strong twine attached it to my feet. I was ready to try my luck on the ice; after several falls, some painful, I finely could skate with all the other kids in town, and enjoyed it for over 65 years.
Michelle Kwan, a figure skating legend, skated all over the world. I remember when she was asked on Good Morning America, if she had a favourite audience. She said that she enjoyed all of them, but added that she was more energized when she skated for a Canadian audience. She thought that skating is in our blood and culture.
Last week, a young figure skater from Spain, said he moved to Canada for the same reason. He added Canadians do not only clap with their hands, but with their heart.
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