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“Tim David is his own toughest critic. The skating director at Lasker Skating Rink in New York’s Central Park, David has spent two decades pushing himself to be the best he can be on the ice.
“Skating used to be all competitive in my head” David said. “Nowadays, it’s all about music interpretation”
A regular at the U.S. Adult Championships David is adamant about testing himself regularly. His goal for the past decade has been to pass his adult gold free skate test and compete in the championship gold men’s event at the U.S. Adult Championships.
His close circle of skating friends and heroes include 1994 Olympic champion Oksana Baiul and 1995 U.S. champion Nicole Bobek.
“Ever since Oksana told me it’s all in my head, I’ve tested myself on the ice, firing off elements by just stepping on and doing one-lap or less” David said.
He has a formula for weekly training in advance of a competition or show: three months beforehand – three days: two months beforehand – four days: the month of the event – five to six days.
“Skating’s much harder as an adult when stamina and metabolism slow down” he said. “I have to work three times harder on and off the ice”
When he does compete at the U.S. Adult Championships, he can count on coaching support from Doug Mattis and Doug Razzano.
David began skating immediately following the 1994 Olympic Winter Games and the Tonya Harding – Nancy Kerrigan saga. He has invested much effort to succeed through his involvement in skating, including founding, directing, and producing a figure skating benefit for the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children in 2010 & 2011.
“I love having so much support from the figure skating community, my friends and family” David said.
When not skating, David enjoys taking scenic photographs on walks around New York City.
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