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JACQUELINE BENSON
CHAMP10N 2 Athlete
Coach of the Ice Denettes Synchronized Skating Teams for the Ice Den Skating Department

Former Figure Skating Student-Athlete at Arizona State University

  • Assistant Coach of the Competitive Figure Skating Team at Arizona State University

  • 2021 Young Artists Showcase Finalist

  • U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medalist (Senior Level) in Freeskate and Moves in the Field

  • Regional and Collegiate Competitor in Freeskate and Solo Free Dance

  • 15+ Years Competitive Skating Experience (including numerous competitions and show performances)

  • Founding Board Member of the Competitive Figure Skating Team at Arizona State University

  • Learn to Skate USA Instructor

  • First Aid & CPR Certification

  • PSA Certified Choreography

  • PSA Certified Group

  • American Ice Theatre Master Choreography Techniques Certification

  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Sports Business and Minor in Media Analysis

  • Figure Skating Diversity and Inclusion Alliance Fundraising Committee Member

  • Choreographer for skaters of all levels (Basic Skills through Senior Ladies)

  • Contemporary Dance Instructor & Yoga Teacher (off-ice)

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CONVERSAT10N: Hear Jacqueline’s story about her eating disorder as a younger female athlete in figure skating and what she wish she would have known when she was younger. Anchoring in truth, faith, and love within competitive greatness is essential to be able to honor yourself and your story and have the courage to ask for help. Though at times it is difficult to remember or we are told differently, our appearance has no bearing on our value or worth. As a coach, the subliminal messages we send to athletes can sometimes damage the wellbeing of athletes without intending to. Choosing our words carefully and navigating stigmas of beauty are essential to cultivate wellbeing, especially within younger athletes and the diet culture that exists today. It’s not always about getting the W – sometimes, its just about the life lessons learned within sports that you can carry with you forever.

Competitive Greatness

DEFINIT10N of Winning

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