When we found out that Barnard student Marlena Holter is a competitive synchronized ice skater (a sport that we over at Bwog just recently learned is, in fact, a thing), we knew an interview was needed. Because we are so intrigued by her balance and grace, we sent Bwog’s Winter Activities Correspondent, Kyra Bloom, to investigate.
Bwog: When did you know you wanted to be a professional synchronized ice skater?
Marlena: I was 12 and I was at a rink with Sasha Cohen (an Olympian). My coach had asked me to show her a turn, and it made me think that I could be better than her. She’s still the best.
Bwog: Have you ever used your skate as a weapon?
Marlena: No… but we threaten each other with it….
Bwog: Have you ever hijacked a Zamboni machine?
Marlena: I’ve ridden one. Once, we had a really bad practice and decided that if we cut the ice (what the Zamboni does) it would give us a longer break. We often friend the Zamboni guys on Facebook and try to get them to give us longer ice cuts.
Bwog: How accurate is Blades of Glory?
Marlena: Super irrelevant, and nothing like real skating. And no, I’ve never done an “Iron Lotus.”
Bwog: How many sequins are too many sequins?
Marlena: Last year, my dress had 3,432. I only know this because we pay by the crystal. It weighed three pounds.