Vince Ann Wahlrab, director of the Skating Club of Taos, remembers a time when a lot more Taoseños strapped on a pair of skates.

"Several years ago Taos had a synchro team and that year was the largest number of skaters we had," Wahlrab wrote in an email. "Currently one of our staff has been working with her children to learn basic synchro skills. Synchro skating uses basic skills to form patterns on the ice where the skaters perform these skills in unison. Like synchronized swimming."

Wahlrab and grant writer Janet Gabriel are determined to bring synchro - and more skaters - back to the rink at the Taos Youth and Family Center, once it reopens and skating is an option again.

Wahlrab and Gabriel applied for a grant through the United States Figure Skating Association in April and were awarded $2,000 in June.

"The club plans to implement the grant in the 21/22 skating season," Wahlrab wrote. "We will use this grant money to bring a certified coach to teach our instructor and students basic synchro moves. We hope to generate the enthusiasm of adults and students to form this team."

Wahlrab said the club's mission "is to teach children and adults to learn to skate safely and increase their potential by teaching a variety of basic and advanced skating skills. Our hope is families will get out and skate together."

- Staci Matlock

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