All the long hours in cold rinks, all the stumbles and bumps and bruises, have brought Alexandra Young to the verge of realizing a lifelong dream.
The 20-year-old figure skater will spend the next nine months touring North America as part of Disney On Ice presents World of Fantasy.
Young and her older brother Matthew spent time over the last several years training in Montreal.
It was there she learned of the Disney opportunity and after a video audition, she recently landed a principal role as Barbie from Toy Story 3.
The coveted part will see the Corner Brook woman in a pair with Ken from Toy Story during ice shows across the continent from September until June.
Her contract with Disney prohibits her from in-person or telephone interviews, but Young was able to answer questions via an email exchange with The Western Star.
After many successful years skating with her brother and earning such accolades as the 2010 silver medal at BMO Junior Nationals and bronze medals at the 2007 Canada Winter Games, Young said she’s excited to be transitioning to the professional side of the sport.
While she might consider a return to competitive skating in the future, for now she’s content to strut her stuff with Disney.
“Ever since I was little I always loved performing in ice shows,” Young said via email. “The opportunity to bring Disney's characters to life on the ice for the audience will also be a very rewarding experience.”
She admits she’s also eager to skate for the fun of it after spending the bulk of her career skating in front of judges.
“Performing in a show versus competing is a very different feeling, it’s very stress free,” she said. “That makes it easier to relax on the ice and just enjoy the performance aspect of it.”