There are only a few things young people can do that seniors can’t, and figure skating is not one of those things. The first winter sport that was included in the Olympics in 1908, figure skating, is a sport that’s loved by many – men, ladies, singles, pairs, and groups.
This sport, however, can be quite challenging for it requires a great sense of balance and focus.90-year-old Yvonne Dowlen proves that her age will not be a hindrance for her to enjoy her figure skates on ice on competitive grounds.
Yvonne learned to skate when her parents enrolled her in Evergreen when she was a little girl. She fell in love with the sport and dreamt to become an international performer in the Ice Capades in the 1930s.
Yvonne was a long-time figure skating teacher in Denver. Even at the age of 90, she was still skating five times every week. Several Boulder-based filmmakers were captivated by her story. They followed her on her journey to becoming the world’s oldest competing ice skater in their 9-minute documentary entitled “Edges.”
Yvonne has an elegant style of skating. She combines her passion for classical music and dance with her love for figure skating, resulting to smooth, effortless and beautiful routines.
When her skates touch the rink, the audience is not only captivated by her ability to compete at such a senior age but they are also impressed at the flawlessness of her moves.