Roger Estey spent most of his teenage and college years figure skating and ice dancing. Then along came life off ice - a job, marriage, kids... Those long hours at the rink receded deep into his past.
|TBSA ice dance coach Marta Nilsen, left, poses with |
her Gold medalist ice dance student, Roger Estey.
So good, in fact, that he has returned to skating and is trying to spread the word about the joys of ice dancing.
At 61, Estey recently became a gold medalist in ice dance after a 30-year break. Tampa Bay Skating Academy ice dance coach Marta Nilsen helped him pass the four Gold dances: The Viennese Waltz, the Argentine Tango, the Quickstep, and the Westminster Waltz. The accomplishment, which began about two years ago and culminated in March, is a first for both of them.
"Cindy and I had a very short, low-level competitive career," he says. "Things were very different then. There were very few competitions. It's not like how it is now where there are lots of competitions to enter."
|Roger Estey dances with Coach Nilsen. Estey recently|
passed his Gold medal ice dances.
"My brain told me everything I needed to know, but my body said, 'no, not today,'" he says, recalling those first days back.
Estey passed two of the four Gold dances -- the Viennese Waltz and the Argentine Tango -- in early 2013. His journey to the gold, though, hit a roadblock in May.