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June Skater of the Month

Name: James Hilgert

Nickname: Jim

Age: 60

Marital Status: Single

Have been skating for how long: About 20 years off and on (twenty, one year experiences) Just started getting back into skating over a month ago.

Equipment Brand and Type: Salomon

Life Philosophy: Live life in the moment.

Favorite Time of Day to Skate: morning and just before sun set.

Favorite Skating Events: Thursday Night skate.

Awards / Competitive Wins: None.

Most memorable incident / Biggest skating adventure: I was proud that I had never fallen at the VelloWay, but that ended at 9:30 PM Saturday night.

What do I get from skating: Exercise and better health.

Would like to do this year in skating: Improve my skating technique.

Coolest Accomplishment: Being at my best friends side as she fought for her life. (Maybe not the coolest, but the one I am most proud of).

Other sports / hobbies you enjoy: Scuba diving, motorcycle riding, swimming, skiing, sky diving, darts, gardening.

Favorite skating gadget / tool: Still with the basics, but learning from my new friends.

Mentors:Carolyn Wier And most everyone I meet; you can learn from everyone.

What do you enjoy about being a member of HCIC:The passion for skating that everyone has, and the willingness to help me with my technique. The members welcome all that come out to skate, inside or outside, and their friendliness is infectious.

Helpful Advice to Beginners:Wear your protective gear, bend your knees, and go for it.

Favorite Quotes: "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain."

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