The Making of an Ice Princess

I enjoyed this well-written NYT Mag article on 16 year old ice skating prodigy Emily Hughes. First, I like reading about young people who are "professionalizing" at a very young age and how they deal with the pressure and how they go about their daily life. This girl seems pretty with it. The dad does say that the big question for his daugther and others is if they can find another passion in life AFTER ice skating and pursue it wit the same vigor. Second, this article revealed an interesting contradiction in the world if ice skating: these young girls endure tons of physical exertion (weight lifting etc) but then it’s all covered up by a feminine cover with pretty dresses and slim bodies.

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