On Saturday, July 23 at 9:30 am, one of our cofounders Imani Rickerby had the chance to interview Tory Watnik from Cornell Figure Skating. She is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences and has been skating for 11 years.
She continued by stating that individual companions can be intense and there's not a lot of noise going on in the stands while at collegiate competitions, you can lose your voice.
She started skating for Cornell in 2019. She is the co captain of Cornell Figure Skating. She competed for the first time with Cornell Figure Skating last year. Tory is pursuing a degree in Psychology and wants to use her passion for skating to help athletes and skaters. She loved competing last year with Cornell because the audience was livelier then individual competitions. She continued by stating that individual companions can be intense and there's not a lot of noise going on in the stands while at collegiate competitions, you can lose your voice. Imani then asks what got Tory into skating. Tory explains that her best friend at the time was really into skating and she begged her mom to try it. Her mom waited a year and then said yes. Tory quickly became infatuated with the ice and increased her time on it from one day a week to 6 days a week. Like Imani, she fell head over heels and never looked back.
Imani then asked do you have a favorite memory from skating with Cornell. Tory excitedly begins to talk about this one competition she has Cornell. She was so proud of everyone on the team. The energy was great and everyone was proud of their sets. They were on the way home and found out they placed in the competition. There was laughing and screaming and happiness al throughout that ride home.
Imani asked how do you keep the balance between school and skating, especially at a top school like Cornell? Tori illustrates that she is very studious and has a built in a routine. She has always been disciplined and takes a lot of notes. She even tells a story when she didn't even take off her coat when she got inside because she didn't have time. She stays on top of her game by managing her time wisely.
Imani's next question to Tory was What advice do you give for high schoolers who want to try skating in college? Tory wasn't sure that when she went to college that she wanted to be super involved in skating. She knew she wanted to be able to skate a few times a week, but she didn't know how committed she wanted to be to it. It's best to go with a school that has the option of a rink on campus or a rink nearby. During the pandemic when the rinks were closed, Tory had a hard time not being able to go to the rink.
Imani's last question to Tory was How do you PerforminColor? Tory exclaimed that she picks songs and music that she really loves to do the sport she really loves. When you add the two together- she will always feel good about what she does on the ice and off.