Amanda Hartman’s synchro journey began in Swedish club Kungsbacka Figure skating, but five years ago she left Sweden to become a coach for Spain’s Team Fusion.
How did you discover the world of synchro?
– That was a long time ago! There were several teams in my club and I was always curious about what the big girls were doing together on the ice, it was fun to stay after my own training just to watch. Then my first coach Lena asked me if I would like to try synchronized skating, that’s almost 20 years ago now.
How come you went to Spain?
– I saw they were looking for a coach and I immediately applied!
For how long you’ve been coaching Team Fusion, that is representing Spain during The Worlds?
– I moved to Spain in April 2013, so this is my fifth season.
During the Championships, your team will, amongst others, meet Team Boomerang (Sweden 2) in competition. A team where your mother is the team leader, how does that work?
– Haha, we don’t talk to each other all week during The Worlds. No, that’s not the case, it is actually wonderful that my mom remains in the world of synchro, so that we have the possibility to meet during competitions around the globe. And to compete against Boomerang is just fun, that was the team where I ended my own career as a synchro skater. Boomerang also visited Madrid for summer camp twice, so Fusion and Boomerang have a bit of a history together.