Now that her kids have moved out, 54 year old Marjorie Wengert works to reclaim her life and figure skate her way to self-love.
Through physical therapy, Wengert aims to even her hip rotation and muscle strength to improve her ability to land tricks and maintain her form while she trains and competes.
Wengert trims an Euonymus alatus, or ‘burning bush,’ at her home. She lives with her husband, John, and their oldest daughter, Rebecca, who returned after college to work for their software engineering business, Roes Softworks Systems.
Wengert strengthens her leg and back muscles to increase the rotation in her right hip, which rotates 20 degrees fewer than her left. Off the ice, Wengert dedicates nearly all her free time to activities that help improve her skating.
Wengert trains with her coach, Mimi Wacholder, at the Tennity Ice Pavilion on the Syracuse University campus. Wengert usually takes lessons on video chat, but her coach visited from Lake Placid, to give hands-on training.
After three hours of practice on the ice, Wengert finishes for the day. She uses figure skating to cope with her anxiety. The sport increases her self-esteem, her physical health and has taught her to be confident.
Throughout this session, Wengert drilled back spin techniques and focused on taking off on the outer edge of her blade, but fell several times.
After taking time off to prepare for a skating competition, Wengert attends her first ballet class back at the Syracuse School of Dance. She uses dance to improve her posture on the ice.