Skating for Disney, and now Sacred Heart
Mattituck figure skater takes pair of firsts
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Some might have groaned at the thought of those early wake-up calls, but not Malcomson.
"I loved getting on the ice every morning and training and working to get better every day," she said. "I felt special. It set me apart from others."
Now, nine years later, Malcomson, 19, is a more experienced skater. She has skated alongside skaters of international renown, and performed in the West Coast Disney on Ice tour of "High School Musical." In the near future, she hopes to help the figure skating program at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., develop a Division I team.
Malcomson represented Sacred Heart's figure skating club when she competed in the ISI District III Skate for Knowledge competition this past weekend at Floyd Hall Arena in Little Falls, N.J. Despite competing for the first time in two or three years, Malcomson took first place in the high spin and jump competition as well as first in the international open division.
In addition, she was a featured skater in a benefit skating show starring Johnny Weir, a three-time national champion and 2006 Olympian; Jeremy Abbott, the current U.S. champion; and ice dancing champions Kristen Frazer and Igor Lukanin.
Malcomson's introduction to figure skating started nine years ago when she attended a friend's birthday party at an ice rink facility. Shortly thereafter, her mother, Karen, signed her up for lessons. "It took off from there," said Malcomson.
After graduating from Mattituck High School last June, Malcomson deferred the start of her college career to tour with Disney on Ice's "High School Musical" as both a member of the ensemble and understudy for two of the leading roles.
"I packed my bags and left for Disney," Malcomson said. "It was absolutely amazing."
Perhaps more than anything else, that experience helped Malcomson overcome a fear of performing before thousands of people.
Malcomson, who currently trains at The Rinx in Hauppauge and Ice Works in Syosset (the practice facility of the New York Islanders), said the primary reason she was drawn to Sacred Heart was because it has a competitive dance team. She will perform for that team as well while receiving a figure-skating scholarship.
"I definitely took a different path than I thought," Malcomson said. "I still have a lot of work to do."
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