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90-Year-Old Figure Skater Will Warm Your Heart with Her Amazing Talent | Short Film Showcase
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  Published: 3 months ago

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Yvonne Dowlen discovered a lifelong love of figure skating the moment she stepped on the ice. Her passion led to a career as a touring performer with the Ice Capades that lasted almost 50 years. Still skating competitively at the age of 90, Dowlen shares her inspiring story in this touching short from Balcony Nine Media and reminds viewers that, “what you do with your life and what you find enjoyable with your life is up to you”.
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5 days ago
Yvonne was my teacher when I was 25 and she was 70. She was an amazing skater. I stopped skating and finally started back up when she was 90. I got the honor of introducing her to my daughter at the ice skating rink. She really was a legend.


1 week ago
I'M NOT CRYING YOU'RE CRYING!


2 weeks ago
Inspiring!!!


2 weeks ago
this lady was amazing.

and to think i've been all angsty lately because i keep thinking about how badly my life got derailed as a child and how lacking my resources were so i was never able to go into figure skating like i dreamed of. internally weeping while i say to myself "but i'm 28! that's too old to learn!" i've got no excuse now. time to get back in shape i guess.


2 weeks ago
When you realize a 90 yr old can skate better than you


2 weeks ago
She can even jumped


2 weeks ago
She is super amazing she is 90 years old and she can skate really wile


2 weeks ago
How inspiring, she was so beautiful, and I'm glad she kept skating into old age. I just started skating at 52 years old, fulfilling the dream of my 11 year-old self finally, and I have wondered if I'm too old to be out on the ice. But according to this lady, age is not a factor. Good for her. What an interesting story. I love the things she said too about what you enjoy doing with your life, etc.


2 weeks ago
I can't believe she is gone😢😢she was such a wonderful person ❤️💜💙I was I had a chance to meet her cause I'm an ice skater to and I could have skated with her❤️❤️and she was such a lucky lady to live for such a long time 90 years is such a long time this made me emotional cause it's so sad to see her go 😭❤️💜but she is in a better place now and her soul is still part of the world ❤️❤️❤️🌍


3 weeks ago
This is the passion. DEP Yvonne Dowlen.


3 weeks ago
she is great


3 weeks ago
She's amazing doing something she loves for such a long time


4 weeks ago
awwhh ;;-;; she's lived a great life, and surprisingly she has the same birthday as me


4 weeks ago
I took up inline skating at 60. I skate round my local town and people love to see it, especially skating backwards with a few transitions. Even the surly youths call me a dude, hahahaha. The most common question is 'How old are you"? When I started skating I joked I have twenty years good skating in me, well perhaps I do.


4 weeks ago
"because I know I have another day"


4 weeks ago
She died on my birthday😢, but she was such an insperation and an a beautiful skater.


4 weeks ago
i could listen to her talk for hours. Her voice is so heart warming and watching her skate is beautiful 😊


1 month ago
Mulțumesc mult pentru minunatele imagini foarte frumos, dar nu îți vine să crezi că la această vârstă mai poți așa să patinezi.


1 month ago
Mulțumesc mult pentru minunatele imagini foarte frumos, dar nu îți vine să crezi că la această vârstă mai poți așa să patinezi.


1 month ago
I miss when skating was this fun... shows are the best


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