Sports: 5 questions with local figure skating captain


Palo Alto High School sophomore Richelle Wong established a figure skating team last winter. The team is currently practicing on grass, until it can raise enough money to practice on the ice. Photo: Nadav Sternheim

What was the inspiration for creating the team?

“My inspiration for this team was that I’ve been skating for quite a few years now. But this year, I started doing synchronized skating, which is, as the name suggests, skating in a group. It’s been a lot of fun, it’s made me realize that skating can be a lot more than just one person skating. You can also meet a lot of people at the same time, and it’s really fun.“

How did you create the team?

“I felt like I talked to half of the Paly staff. But in the end, we kind of decided that the best option was to make it not officially affiliated. It’s not an ASB [Associated Student Body] club, and it’s not a Paly sport. Originally, I was planning on making it, like all the other high school skating teams, one of the competitive ones that does competitions, but I realized once I got the team together that people don’t seem to be that interested in that. So now we’re doing only choreography.”

How much experience do team members have?

“It’s a pretty big range. We have people who haven’t skated at all, and we have people who have been skating most of their lives and are doing double jumps.”

What do you hope to accomplish with the team in the future?

“My main goal is to encourage people from Paly to be introduced to figure skating.”

Anything else you want people to know?

“You should totally join. If you want more information, email [email protected].”