The Magic City Figure Skating Club would like to congratulate Taylor Garaas on passing her Senior Moves in the Field to earn her the title of Gold Medalist with USFSA!
This title does not come easy and she has had to pass skill tests in front of a panel of judges and advanced through several levels over the years. The senior test, or “gold” test, is the highest achievement a skater can accomplish in any particular discipline. When an athlete passes their senior or gold test, it is a huge accomplishment, marking many years of dedication to the sport, and their mastery of that discipline. The athlete earns the title, “U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medalist,” they receive a gold pin from U.S. Figure Skating, may purchase a Gold Medalist jacket, and most importantly they may put the accomplishment on a skating resume, college application or even a job application. The amount of time it takes to achieve the senior or gold test varies, but on average, it is around five years (5) years from when a skater passes their first test (pre-preliminary moves in the field) until they pass the senior moves in the field test. According to US Figure Skating, only about 3 percent of skaters are at the gold or senior level.
Congratulations, Taylor on this well-deserved honor! Get to know more about Taylor below:
Name: Taylor Garaas
School: Erik Ramstad Middle School
Moves in the Field Level: Senior – Gold Medalist
Freeskate Level: Pre-Juvenile. Testing my Juvenile at next test session
Dance Level: Pre-Gold
Coaches: Barb for Freeskate and Dance. Brenda for Moves
Favorite Skaters: Gracie Gold & Ashley Wagner
Favorite Jumps/Moves: Fav Jump – Axle, Fav Spin – Sit Spin, Fav Move – Step Sequence
How I got started in skating: My friend Sofia was in it and I thought it would be cool to do and fun
What do you love about skating? It’s taught me stuff doesn’t come easy and you have to work for what you want
Memorable Moments: When I almost got all 1st places at a Minneapolis competition & passed my Senior moves.
Favorite Food: Bacon & Chips
Favorite Hobbies: playing outside with my little sister & friends
Favorite Movies: If I Stay
Favorite TV Shows: Riverdale, Greys Anatomy
Favorite Singers: Justin Bieber
Favorite Books: Everything, Everything & The Selection Series
What advice would you give to new skaters? Don’t give up when you can’t get something right away. It won’t come easy and you have to work for it.