Step out of the Florida sun and try ice skating in Kissimmee
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Getting the right edge and sharp blade is key for skaters at the Ice Factory, an Olympic-class ice skating facility in Kissimmee.
What do you want to know
- The ice factory is a cool place for ice skating, hockey and curling
- The Olympic-class skating facility is located in Kissimmee
- Former Olympian Calla Urbanski teaches ice skating at Ice Factory
- The facility is open seven days a week, but hours vary
No one knows that better than coach and athlete Calla Urbanski, who teaches at the rink.
“Squeeze it, arms across and up,” Urbanski says.
“Here you go. Arms have to go through and in. Now after the drill, give me the jump, okay?”
Urbanski, a former Olympian who has been skating since childhood, has turned that childhood passion into a livelihood by teaching the next generation at the ice factory.
The center also offers curling leagues, ice hockey and lessons in these sports.
Prior to teaching ice skating, Urbanski competed internationally and was a professional figure skater.
She can still show off some of the pins she has collected over the years at competitions around the world.
“So this one was from Albertville (France), and mine would have said ‘figure skating’ here, but I tried with someone else for one of the curling pins.”
“There’s one in Bulgaria right there.”
Albertville’s pin came from the 1992 Winter Olympics, where she and skating partner Rocky Marval finished 10e in pair skating for the United States.
Now she is proud to instruct the future young skaters of tomorrow,
“You gotta make me need to give me more height, OK?” says Urbanski. “I want to see that axel again.”
The ice cream factory is open seven days a week, but hours vary, so it’s best to call ahead or check their website, which also has information on summer schools and more. activities.