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Jennifer Wester

Ice Dancer

                      

   
What has been your career highlight so far?

In the competitive side of skating, my career highlight thus far was in 2008 when my partner and I took 4th place at the ISU Four Continents Championships in Seoul, Korea and were named first alternates to the World Championships team.

In the show side of the my sport, I'd have to say that performing as a pro in ABC's 2010 Skating with the Stars television series while partnering Motley Crue frontman, Vince Neil, tops the list.


How did you first get into ice dancing?

I began ice dancing after an injury prevented me from jumping for a couple of months back in 1999. I was 14 at the time. While I had to stay away from tricks in the air for a while, that allowed me to see how valuable and fun learning tricks with my skates planted on the ice could be. Shortly after that, a coach asked me to partner with a boy at my rink to ice dance and as a result ice dancing became my discipline. It taught me a new way of expressing my passion for skating and athletic ability and I found it's balance of challenging skills and artistry extremely satisfying. Plus, I really enjoyed the change from skating solo to working with a partner. Skating can be a very lonely sport and skating with a partner or a team can make training much more exciting. (not to mention getting spun around in the air is a lot of fun... :) )

Who were your heroes growing up?

I've always had an aversion to idolizing individuals because I think everyone is at their best when they are themselves. I never wanted to actually be 'like' someone else even though I have admired many athletes for their determination, perseverance, triumphs, and attitudes in difficult situations at various times. Realistically, the only real heroes in my eyes growing up were my parents for the way that they taught me to go for my dreams and maintain a positive attitude.

What advice do you have for an aspiring athlete?

My advice for aspiring athletes is always to stay positive and work for what they want. If you are passionate about something, you may not always get the dream you think you want, but you will always find your path and that will lead you down a glorious journey. Too often in society people believe that success comes under only a few socially recognized labels--whether Olympic Champion, CEO, or otherwise. When really there are many ways of succeeding. It's only through working for, staying true to, and believing in what you want, that you will really find the 'custom' label that fits your dream--and its completely okay if that label isn't in the handful of socially recognized one's.

What is your favorite quote and why?

I have had many inspirational quotes around me from a young age, but one of my favorites for life is: "People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within."

I think it speaks to the reality of life and the way in which it's up to each person to decide how their days will go. Dark times come to everyone at some point, but how you handle them is completely up to you.


What is the strangest thing that has happened on ice?

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of strange things that have happened to me on the ice is an incident that happened while I was training in Colorado Springs at 17 years old. My skating partner, myself, and one other team were the only ones on the ice. My partner and I were finishing up a corner of a compulsory dance when we turned around to see the other team (a pair team) practicing their spiral sequence, legs up, and coming straight at us. There wasn't much time to think but somehow it'd happened that none of us saw each other until just before we collided. The girl, who was backwards with her leg up, didn't know we were colliding until her blade hit my hand and then chattered down my neck. I fell over backwards but luckily, other than some scrapes on my knuckles and some serious raspberries across my jugular, my skin didn't break. In fact, a passing coach came over in shock afterward and said it was the first time he'd seen a blade accident that didn't cut the skin -- luckily! Interestingly enough, only a few weeks later, that same girl and I became roommates and friends. :)

What do you do in your free time?

I like to create things. I really enjoy making skating costumes, scrapbooking, and photography...basically, anything artistically challenging.


What was your favorite subject in school and why?

I really enjoyed math and foreign language in school. Both seemed like logic problems to me in one way or another. It's probably somewhat ironic that I fell in love with such a subjective sport when I enjoyed such objective problem solving in school.