WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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judge and currently judges at the national level, traveling all over the country to compe- titions. Jessica and the other judges perform their responsibilities as a labor of love with- out compensation, only reimbursement for travel. She explains her attraction to judging, stating, "I get the best seat in the house to watch the competitors as they glide out onto the clean, pure ice. And each year, the competitors' creativity and technical skills increase, so it never gets old." An Exacting Sport and Enormous Commitment All involved on and off the ice rink have huge respect for the constantly escalating physical, artistic, and time demands on today's elite skaters. "Hockey players have 30- to 45-second shifts, figure skaters typically compete on the ice for 3 to 4 minutes and can't let down for even a split second," explains Paul. Paul also acknowledges the difference between the demands of competitive skating today and when he competed in the 1960s. "While I attended Harvard University as a full-time student, I played on the intermural hockey team and I participated in Nationals once as a singles skater and three times in pairs. That 75 w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e left: Jesscia Bussgang Rosenbloom judging at the 2015 US Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, NC; right: Judging Jason Brown, the US National Champion

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