Roseville artistic skater knows the routine now for worlds
Instead of enjoying turkey and gravy and cranberry sauce with all the fixings this week, Brittany Pricer will be on a plane headed to Portugal.
Pricer, 22, will have a few days to practice and recover from her long flight before competing in the World Artistic Roller Skating Championships in Portimao, Portugal.
“I’m excited to make it again, to actually experience the experience,” said Pricer, a 2006 graduate of Woodcreek High School. “The first time, I was such a rookie. I didn’t know the routine of how things happen, how practices work. It was a culture shock, too.”
Pricer, who has been roller skating since she was 3 years old, attended the competition last year and took 16th place in ladies singles in Germany. She made it to the world stage in 2009 by winning the national competition.
“Last year was wonderful,” said Linda Pricer, her mom and coach. “Now that she made the team, she wants to do it again and again. She knows what it takes now to do that. It’s discipline and it’s hard work.”
The national competition was held in August, and the defending champion placed second.
“I wasn’t really on at nationals,” Pricer said. “I was just trying to do enough to get by, which I did. I got second. I was happy. Top three takes you to Portugal. It was a stressful week, but I had to get it done so I got it done.”
Pricer is one of three women on the United States team competing in ladies singles.
“She works hard all year long,” Linda Pricer said. “She really focused on different areas, not just skating, like cross training. She did yoga, she went to the gym and worked out, and (worked on) her diet. I’ve just seen a big difference in tone and mentally, too. She’s older; it helps.”
The short program is scheduled for Dec. 2.
“It’s like 2½ minutes,” Pricer said. “Basically, that one has requirements that everyone has to do. … You have to skate a clean short. If not, you’re like dropped, and it’s really hard to move up. The short is huge because the judges are going to remember you.”
The four-minute long routine is the following day.
“Usually, I feel strong with my short, which is good,” Pricer said. “Skate clean in the short, and that gets me into the long. But I like my long. The long is more fun because you have more freedom to do what you want.”
Pricer has been spending considerable time juggling her busy schedule. She’s also a student at Sacramento State and works part time at Dave & Buster’s, a restaurant/arcade in Roseville. To prepare for the competition, Pricer skates two to three hours a day, five days a week, she said. When she returns from Portugal, she’ll have to finish finals at school.
“I want to skate clean. I want to skate my best,” Pricer said. “I would love to place in the top 10, so I’d have to skate a clean short to do that.”