Hi everyone! My name is Kelsey Bialo, and this season I am excited to be skating for Skyliners Senior!
I am from Larchmont, New York, a suburb about thirty minutes outside of New York City. I grew up skating at a local rink, mostly in Learn-to-Skate classes, until I found myself wanting to practice on my own at public sessions. It was there that I would watch older girls “twirl” in the designated practice oval in the center of the rink, blocked from me by orange cones; that was where the inspiration began.
This year will mark my tenth season skating synchro, each with Skyliners. I began with the team when I received a flyer at a neighborhood ice show. I fell in love with the idea of being on a team, and began my career on Skyliners Preliminary. Since then, I have moved up the lines, most recently skating with our junior line for three seasons.
College will not be taking me far, just into the Big Apple to attend Barnard College, the women’s college at Columbia University. Though I do not yet know what I will be majoring in, I plan to continue my study of Mandarin in conjunction with International Relations courses. I have always had a passion for traveling, and having the opportunity to compete overseas has only increased my desire to explore various destinations and other cultures, so I hope sometime during my college years I will be able to study abroad.
Transitioning out of high school and into college has given me a chance to reflect on how skating has played a huge role in my life and will continue to do so. My experience with skating has instilled in me determination, motivation, and tenacity, and I find that the skills I use on the ice transfer over to school and my other commitments. Though competitiveness often guides the skating world, I know that my experiences in it have also taught me to be gracious, to be respectful, and to be a team player. Those are invaluable lessons that I am grateful skating has allowed me to learn over the years.
Having attended both a DREAM camp and the National Synchro Summit this July, I am excited to see skaters of all different levels training hard and learning. My best advice for this season is to work hard and stay focused, but to always remember to keep a little time for yourself. Especially when the school year begins, balancing skating and every other activity can be challenging and feel overwhelming at times. Keep your skating up, but remember that it is okay to save time for yourself and other things that make you happy, whether it be another hobby or just a few minutes to relax each day.
I am thrilled that the season is beginning with so many teams headed into boot camps and beginning practices, and I look forward to sharing another season of synchro!