Shaker Heights High School junior figure skater Maya Hollander is the Cleveland Jewish News-Buffalo Wild Wings Warrensville Heights Player of the Week.
Hollander, 16, earned the honor for her performance with the Shaker Heights Figure Skating Club at Thornton Park in Shaker Heights at the Skate Cleveland competition Sept. 7-9 in Lakewood. Hollander earned third place in the novice free skate and fifth overall in the novice category, advancing to the final rounds.
Hollander has been skating “for as long as (she) can remember,” and competes almost year-round, though she’s getting to the end of this year’s competition season in October.
“This season, I’ve really done pretty well,” Hollander said. “I’ve had some good competitions, but I’ve also had some not-so-great ones, but it’s important that I learn from the ones I do not do-so-great on so I can do better on the (next ones).”
She said she intends to keep skating through high school and said she expects it to play a large factor in where she decides to go to college when she makes her decision.
Hollander said she’s working on a few things in her performances, including triple jumps, which she says are pretty difficult, and her consistency.
“I think the hardest thing about skating is being consistent throughout everything,” she said. “You can have a skill one day and then the next day it won’t be consistent and you won’t have it.”
Hollander said staying consistent is a mindset, and her parents, as well as her coach, Sherry Marvin, help her stay in that mindset.
“You have to practice mindfully,” she said. “You remember the correct thing to skate, and sometimes you have to remember it from week-to-week or month-to-month. It comes down to being very mindful during practice.”
Up next for Hollander is the United States Figure Skating Association Eastern Great Lakes Regional Qualifying Skating Competition, which will be Oct. 16 through Oct. 21 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Hollander will compete at the novice level.