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February 25, 2014

For the Love of Competition

Kristin Metcalf

My love for sport began at a time of the year much like today…the aftermath of the 1984 Winter Olympics. At the age of 11 I was two years into my own figure skating career. I fell in love with the sport at the age of seven after watching the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics on TV. I worked out countless hours on the ice but, after 9 years of pouring my soul into perfecting my skating career, I just couldn’t do it anymore. I fell out of love with the competition because of the intense pressure and judgment that came with it. What I realized through track is that I loved the feeling of stepping to the line of a race and the only one judging me was the clock.