Marcela Dye figure skated competitively since toddlerhood until she was a teenager and decided to focus on it again as a third-year law student at the University of Colorado. Now an associate at Fairfield and Woods in corporate practice, Dye didn’t know anyone in the state, so she tried out for the Colorado Avalanche Ice Girls her first year to meet people and make friends outside the bubble of law school.
“I didn’t think it was going to be as competitive as it was,” Dye said, adding that the year she tried out, Olympic skater Mirai Nagasu was on the team. At the 2018 Winter Olympics, Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the games. “I thought oh, we just skate for the Avalanche, but it’s way more competitive.”
By her third year in law school, Dye had stopped skating for the Ice Girls, but still had a “skating bug,” so she joined CU’s competitive skating team. She said she placed third in her first competition, something she took pride in after a decade-long hiatus from competitive skating.
Dye now gives lessons to young kids in Superior as part of a national Learn to Skate USA program. She said skating gives her an outlet that’s outside her professional life, and she also enjoys helping “other people do something better.”