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Updated: 4/23/2009 - 11:43 AM



Skating for Disney, and now Sacred Heart
Mattituck figure skater takes pair of firsts
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Following a tour with Disney on Ice, Monica Malcomson has returned to competitive figure skating.
Monica Malcomson learned early on that the life of a figure skater is not an easy one, especially for a young figure skater from Mattituck. With the nearest ice rink about an hour's drive away, Malcomson would wake up at 4 a.m. and roll into the car for the drive to practice in Lake Grove. From there, she would go to school.

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.

A figure skater moves from Disney to Sacred Heart University.
"I think I did great," Malcomson said after the competition, a fundraiser for college scholarships for figure skaters. "It felt great being on the ice with professionals. It felt amazing to be practicing on the ice with national champions and Olympic competitors."

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."

bliepa@timesreview.com

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Whoa! It's changed in there! Last time I was in there (3 years ago ) that litlte shack thing wasn't at the back. Plus, Marah, your pictures made me want to go skating! I used to be really good at it but I haven't skated in probably 8 years. Last time I skated, broke my tailbone because some jerk kid from another school pushed me down! Maybe I'll get some friends together come spring. Thanks for the walk down memory lane!!




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Skating Article : 6/2/2009
Congratulations to the proud parents who have sacrificed so much for their daughter to skate and become what she is today. Monica, you're a beautiful skater, I'm sure, and I can definitely attest to the amount of hours you have spent at the rink practicing to become a well-known figure skater being a parent of a figure skater myself. May our paths cross one day either at the ice skating rink or at Sacred Heart. Mrs. Laura Bisignano




: 5/31/2009
very impressive!





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