A NEW CHAPTER
The past two or three months have been a hectic time! Choices have been offered, discussions have taken place, big decisions have been made, and paths have been followed. Ladies and gentlemen, I take great pleasure in formally announcing that (as of July 1st) I now officially represent the Chinese Taipei Figure Skating Union, otherwise generally known as the island of Taiwan. My Chinese name is 林仁語.
I did not take this decision lightly – indeed, quite the opposite. I have thoroughly enjoyed my years competing in the US’s delightful environment, and I am very lucky to have been one of the chosen members of USA’s international team, competing at the Challenge Cup 2014 in The Hague, Netherlands. My Team USA jacket is both memento and memory for me, and I will cherish it always. I am deeply and humbly thankful for the USFSA’s efforts in supporting me for the past ten years; they have shaped me as a skater and as a person in ways too numerous to count, and they will always have a place in my heart. I wish each and every one of them – and all the skaters they support – the best of luck in their future endeavors.
As I move forward into this new chapter of my life, I am eager for the new opportunities that representing Chinese Taipei will bring. Taiwan has always held a special place in my heart – both my parents were born and grew up there, and many of my family members live there. I believe that this decision acts in the best interests of me, my support group, and my dreams, and I’m grateful to the Chinese Taipei FSU for accepting me and look forward to a long, successful partnership with them. It’s an honor and a privilege. So full speed ahead!
My first competition representing Taiwan will be the Chinese Taipei Figure Skating Championships, held in Taipei, Taiwan, on August 1st-2nd. Afterwards, I am competing at the Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy 2015 (August 5th-8th), in Bangkok, Thailand. After that…well, we’ll see!
Thank you SO much for all the support you guys have shown me! I hope that you’ll continue to travel along with me as I follow the path to my dreams!