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Boston Strong

Ross Miner, reining US silver medalist, and his coach, Mark Mitchell, former US medalist, have called Boston home for over a decade.  They were training at the Skating Club of Boston on the third Monday in April, 2013.  It was Patriots Day. It was a school holiday.  The Red Sox played baseball in the morning.  The game ended in time for the fans to pour out of Fenway Park to join the Boston Marathon runners in their final leg of the race.  Suddenly the jovial scene at the finish line was turned into a bloodbath as exploding bombs caused death and destruction.

Weeks later, Mitchell was listening to the instrumental album, Glory, by Michael W. Smith. The former skater was drawn to its openness for a personal interpretation. When he saw Miner wearing a Boston Strong t-shirt (the slogan adopted by the city in the aftermath of the tragedy), it all clicked. The music lent itself perfectly for telling the story of the Marathon tragedy.  Miner and his family had experienced first-hand the search and capture of a terrorist while in lock-down at their Watertown home minutes away from the police action. For Ross, it had been real live drama, and he wanted to share his pride in the resilience of his hometown heroes.

“It was the easiest program to choreograph I’ve ever had,” said Miner.  “The first section is about what a beautiful day it was.  A holiday…Patriots Day.  Then there are two booms. The next section is the aftermath, with a slow motion, shell shocked feel to it. The next section is the man hunt which is very driving and immediate. After that, it’s the relief that the terrorist is captured, along with the joy and pride of being a Bostonian.”

Next week at the US Championships in Boston, Miner will skate his tribute, as his free skate, in honor of the victims and the acts of heroism that followed the bombings. “It will be a wonderful opportunity to show how it should be skated,” said the enthusiastic Miner. “There will be a lot of people there who care a lot about me, and I’m excited about this opportunity.” The theme of Boston Strong will echo loud and clear from the rafters of the TD Garden.

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