(March 20, 2008)
When skating fans watch their favorite skaters perform on the world stage, they can only imagine the nerves, stress and excitement those skaters are experiencing, but how do those feelings change when you are a family member or friend? Ever wonder how the skaters’ families prepare and celebrate for the event?
For those families who are lucky enough to attend the events, there is a strong support system in place to help deal with the nerves. As Palmer Davison, the brother of Bryce Davison - the recently crowned World pairs bronze medalist, explained, “There is usually a squad of other siblings and families around that all share the same feelings”. “We are each strong supporters of one another in knowing that we are all going through the same thing”.
Although pacing appears to be a preferred coping measure, it is not uncommon for families to maintain certain traditions like wearing specific outfits depending on the program. This year, Bryce’s mom and dad have travelled to Sweden to watch worlds. Although it was a little too expensive for Bryce’s brother and sister to attend, they will not miss a minute of the action by watching the skating live from home.
Also watching this year’s World Championships from the comfort of home will be Meagan Duhamel’s family. As Meagan, the Canadian national pairs bronze medalist explained “My mom and dad will take the day off work to watch World’s on TV”. “Usually they sit by the phone nervously awaiting my phone call, but this time they will enjoy watching the event”.
There is of course the celebration after the skaters have competed. As Palmer further explained “We always get together to celebrate - we typically go out for dinner with Bryce and Jess after they have finished competing”. After the great performances in Sweden, it is clear the families and friends of all three Canadian pairs teams will have a lot to celebrate!
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Jessica Dubé/Bryce Davison
Meagan Duhamel/Craig Buntin