Welcome to the latest installment of The Ways We Work.
Some folks live to work. Others work to live. And then there is that breed of individuals who are interesting hybrids of both approaches. Often they live with high expectations for themselves and harbor grand goals. We thought about this select group of achievers this weekend when Vacaville Ice Sports hosted the 2014 Central Pacific Regional Figure Skating Championships. In a sense it was deja-vu over again. The last time we attended this Championships was in the mid eighties when Debi Thomas and Tiffany Chin battled for the title at Berkeley's Iceland.
There was much chatter at that time since Thomas's energy was spread between practicing on the ice and pre-med studies at Stanford University. She would go on to win both the Nationals and the World titles in 1986 as well as a bronze medal at the winter Olympics (1987). While it is more common now for figure skating competitors to attend college while they compete, it still remains a formidable balancing act.
Which brings us to the focus of this installment: Rachael Flatt. To these 2014 Central Pacific Championships, Flatt brought a skating resume that exponentially eclipsed any of the competitors in her category, Senior Ladies. She captured the US National title in 2010 with a second place in 2011. Flatt has also competed in the Olympics (2010) and many other competitions around the world.
Now, fresh from her first place finish in Vacaville, Flatt has set her sights on again winning the Nationals, the launch pad for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Like Thomas, Flatt is also deep in her pre-med studies at Stanford University. We wanted to know just how she balances all these goals. Flatt, just minutes from winning these Regional Championships, shared her schedule with us. Take a few minutes to watch this exclusive interview that is embedded (to the left) in this posting.
P.S. Tiffany Chin now coaches competitive skaters and was listed on the 2014 Central Pacific Regional Figure Skating Championships coach roster.