Sophia Fraser, a Young Figure Skating Star in Switzerland
SUISSEPIC continues to discover talented individuals across Switzerland. We had the opportunity to meet a young figure skater named Sophia Fraser, who recently won the 2019 Swiss Youth Championships.
SUISSEPIC: When did you start figure skating?
Sophia Fraser: I started skating when I was 5 years old. My mum signed me up for a Kinderkurs (children’s course) at the Bossard Arena in Zug. I did it once a week in the evenings, and I really liked it. I started skating more seriously when I was 7 years old.
SUISSEPIC: Do you remember your first competition?
Sophia Fraser: My first competition was the Pilatus Cup in Lucerne. I was wearing a bright-colored one-piece suit, and it was the prettiest costume at the competition.
SUISSEPIC: What has been the most memorable competition for you?
Sophia Fraser: The 2019 Swiss Youth Championships, which took place in Rapperswil-Jona in January. I worked very hard on my programs and was learning how to perform difficult jumps prior to the competition. This year, I became the Swiss champion and claimed a gold medal.
SUISSEPIC: Have you perform abroad? If so, where?
Sophia Fraser: I have had the pleasure of performing at the Rooster Cup in Paris, France last April. I was skating for Switzerland and took home a silver medal.
SUISSEPIC: The life of an athlete can be quite difficult. How many hours do you train each day?
Sophia Fraser: During the week, I will train about 4 hours a day. This includes on-ice training, off-ice training, and ballet. On Saturday, I will train more – about 5 to 6 hours. Sunday is my day off. I will also find time to run outdoors so that I can work on my stamina.
SUISSEPIC: How are you able to combine your training with school and your hobbies? Do you have enough time to meet up with friends?
Sophia Fraser: You have to be very organized to combine training with studies. I attend school, and they will release me so that I am not skipping out on any of my training camps or competitions. Of course, I keep up with my homework, but I have to go through the material that I miss either on my own or with my mum. I do like to read. I also volunteer at a local dog shelter by walking the dogs on Sunday. I have good friends at the rink that are very supportive of me.
SUISSEPIC: What are the most interesting, difficult, and exciting aspects about figure skating?
Sophia Fraser: Figure skating is a complex but very exciting sport. It combines athleticism with artistry. I like creating a new program, choosing the music, and thinking about the character I want to play on the ice. The most difficult aspect about figure skating is getting up (falling, ice, and pain 😊) and doing it again when everything seems to fall apart, and nothing turns out the way you want it. The jumps are my favorite part of figure skating.
SUISSEPIC: What activities do you like outside of figure skating?
Sophia Fraser: I love the mountains. My family often celebrates the Feast of Saint Sylvester in the mountains. We like going to a small place called 1988 Les Collons, where the entire family rents out a chalet. I used to ski when I was younger, but skating took over and I haven’t done it for some time. I also like sledding.
SUISSEPIC: What cities do you like the most in Switzerland and why?
Sophia Fraser: I like Zug because it has the most amazing lake, badis (outdoor pools), the old tower, and the bird zoo. You can even rent a pedalo (paddle boat) and take a trip offshore, and swim during summer. I also like Leukerbad as it is a very relaxing place and has an amazing water park and warm outdoor swimming pools.
SUISSEPIC: What is your sports dream?
Sophia Fraser: The Olympics of course – this is every athlete’s dream. The earliest I can go is 8 years, which is still a long ways away. So, for now I will keep on training, improving, and taking it one step at a time.