A North Dakota team is gathering this weekend to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its national championship.
The Magic Blades figure skating team brought home the trophy in October of 1998 and is back together in Minot this weekend.
Jim Olson reports.
Here’s what they looked like 20 years ago this month on the ice in San Diego – winning the US Precision Skating Championship.
And here’s what a few of the team members look like today.
Yeah, they still look good – but are a bit nervous about a planned family skate this weekend as part of a 20th reunion.
(Heather Snowden, Magic Blades 1998) “We’ve been having conversations about putting our skates back on and what it’s going to feel like to fall or not be quite as natural as it was 20 years ago. It might be like riding a bike but it might not be.”
But no matter what happens this weekend, there’s no disputing they were at the top of their game in 1998.
(Dana Gietzen, Magic Blades 1998) “We just knew – you just had that feeling when you get finished that you did it.”
(Mandy Hussey, Magic Blades 1998) “We peaked and we were at our strongest. We had a wonderful program that was very technical and difficult. We all though we earned it.”
(Jamie Bechtold, Magic Blades Coach) “It was definitely keeping our eye on the prize. We wanted it and wanted it bad year after year and we just climbed that long ladder.”
And now, after 20 years, a championship banner will be unfurled this weekend at Minot’s MAYSA Arena, to make sure that long climb is remembered long into the future.
Jim Olson, KX News.
The Magic Blades championship banner will be unfurled at 10am Saturday at MAYSA Arena in Minot – the public is invited to attend.