By Tristan Davis – 1851 Staff
A five-year-old Alice O’Connor timidly steps onto the ice at the Pittsfield Figure Skating Club. Likely uneasy about
the endeavor that lies ahead, she begins to earn her bearings by slowly meandering around the rink, getting a feel for the ice beneath her. Somewhere along the process, something clicks. Figure skating becomes almost second nature, and all of a sudden the fear of falling is heavily outweighed by the goal of success.
Flash forward to 2015 and a lot has changed for the Pittsfield native. O’Connor is fresh off winning her first national medal with the United States Team Excel Collegiate team that she was selected to be a part of last season.
On top of that, she is also well into her junior year at Lasell, where she is enrolled in the rigorous Exercise Science program. Despite a flourishing career on the ice, and promising academic career, O’Connor still fits that college-girl persona.
“I like going to sporting events at school as well as the Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots, and Celtics games with my friends,” said O’Connor. “I also like exploring the city; going to the North End, the Common and Newbury Street.”
One might wonder what drew a bigtime figure skater to a small campus like Lasell, especially one with no ice rink,
but O’Connor is used to it.
“I went to a small Catholic school all my life, so going to a small college is where I think I fit in for now,” said O’Connor. “As for not having a rink on campus, I’ve always had to travel for skating practice so it’s nothing new for me.”
Having already accomplished a great deal in the world of figure skating, many wonder what’s next for O’Connor following her college education. However, continuing her career on the ice isn’t exactly what she has in mind.
“I would love to [continue to figure skate], but it’s not realistic for me because of other career goals,” said O’Connor.
“After getting a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a minor in coaching, I hope to either get my Doctor of
Physical Therapy or Master’s in Strength and Conditioning.”