it or not, smiles are a very necessary piece of your speed skating equipment...that
is, if you want to get good. It's simple: if you don't have fun,
you will not get good. That's why you should always bring a smile with
you to the rink .
For example, take the kid below. From the day he first stepped on the ice, he had a smile with him more often than just about any other skater I've ever coached. Even after a crash, he often managed to smile about it, since all skaters sometimes crash!
November 1994, this guy crashed and broke his leg. Keeping a positive attitude
(and at least trying to smile), he got through this hard period,
and just 5 weeks later, with 3 screws in his leg, RUSTY SMITH won
the US Junior World Team Trials and traveled to Courmeyur, Italy (high
in the Itialian Alps) to compete in the Junior World Short Track Championships!
And in 1997, at his second Junior Words, Rusty was again injured, with a dislocated left shoulder. And again, just 6 weeks later, he qualified for the US World Team (the "real" or "Senior" World Team) and got to go to Japan for the 1997 Worlds ! The US Relay Team, which Rusty was on, came away from the 1997 Worlds with a 4th place in the Relay Final!