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  1. cali13

    cali13 Member

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    Hello all,
    I'm currently a junior in california, and I'm working on my nominations and all that jazz as of right now. I've seen some truly impressive resumes while on this site and I had some questions about my slightly unusual resume.
    I'm aware that the academy loves varsity letter holders and team captains but I've been a figure skater for over 12 years and due to the time constraint of my practices I haven't been able to take up a school sport. However, I am nationally ranked and I skate for Team USA. I've competed internationally for the United States too. Do you think that could be an equivalent of a team sport/varsity letter? If not, what should I do?
    Thank you in advance!
     
  2. toso1

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    It should count. WP counted my medaling at the Junior Olympics in taekwondo as an equivalent to participation in a varsity sport/attainment of a letter. I just had to provide verification directly sent over from USA Taekwondo.

    With your level of experience and prestige, I don't see why it wouldn't count.
     
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    Tell them about it. But that Russian judge is still gonna hose you on the technical portion.
     
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  4. bookreader

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    My son is homeschooled so nnno varsity letter for him. His team sport (roller hockey) is part of a local rec league. No big league. Just small town stuff but he's been involved with it for about 10 years. He also has a black belt in karate but hockey was his team sport.
     
  5. Capt MJ

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    Cali13 - just a few years back we sponsored identical twins who were also elite figure skaters. The time/accomplishment there, plus outstanding academics, laid the groundwork for a very successful time at USNA. They took up other sports there (crew!), had engineering majors, made Supe's list, served as high stripers, enjoyed the co-ed pickup hockey team where they out-skated everyone going backwards and generally had a good 4 years. One went subs, the other aviation. They both still skate when they can. The one who went aviation had such strong core and leg muscles she scored incredibly well on the training device that tests how well you handle pulling g's. Had no problem keeping the blood going to her brain. She also had no problem understanding where her body was in 3 dimensions while rotating in the air, only she applied that sense of bearing in the cockpit. Good luck!
     
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  6. cali13

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    That's so good to hear! Thank you so much for sharing :) Glad to hear that people in my sport can utilize their skills in different environments
     
  7. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    Stripers....whew, not what I read in my initial quick read
     
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  8. FalconsRock

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    My DD is an equestrian and has earned the high school equestrian athlete award from the United States Equestrian Federation for 9th - 11th grade so far. It is not an easy award to earn as it involves over 100 hours of training each year and required competitions. She has been deemed competitive to apply for the USAFA, so I don't know why a figure skater would not be competitive as well. The time commitment involved in both sports often precludes participating in school sports. Cali13, it sounds like you are a very accomplished skater and I wish you best of luck.
     
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  9. cali13

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    Thank you so much! I wish you and your DD best of luck with USAFA and the whole applications process
     

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