“Setbacks don’t set me back, but instead push me forward in my skills on the ice.”

Arushi Chanda

“Setbacks don’t set me back, but instead push me forward in my skills on the ice.”

Arushi Chanda: “My first experience of ice-skating started when at a very young age. My parents first took me to Dublin Iceland, an ice-rink in Dublin, as a fun family break to try to get me to learn how to ice-skate. They filmed the whole experience of me timidly skating, practically walking baby steps, across the ice while engulfed in a puffy jacket and wearing a helmet, shoulder pads, and knee pads because my mom was afraid of what would happen to me. Despite the many times I fell, I learned to enjoy the sport, and I soon started to take actual lessons. I progressed rapidly from being able to do various spins that required me to lift my leg in the air, and doing double jumps, however, in 7th grade, I experienced scoliosis, a heavy twist in my spine, so I had to temporarily stop. However, after rest, frequent visits to the physiatrist, and a healthy diet, my spine repaired itself and I was back on the ice. I realize that through my many downfalls in life, the thrill of being able to float freely on the ice continues to motivate me to continue competing and doing what I love the most. Also, ice-skating in times of COVID-19 can be a little tricky, as I have to skate with a mask on. But, I do what I can to ensure my safety and continue practicing.”

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