First things first, I’m 20, closing in on 21. I feel 99.999% sure Olympics are completely out of the question for me at this point. I never had opportunities growing up, which makes me very sad, but I guess there’s no point in moping over that now. Additionally, I live in central Georgia, where we barely have ice, even in winter…But I really, really want to try figure skating, and I know that if I get on the ice and start learning I will want to get as good as possible, and I’ll want to compete. I used to be a competitive high level martial artist, and since I left the martial arts scene (had a huge falling out with my instructor), I have had a void of competitive outlets for myself.Part of what I loved about martial arts is how beautiful it could be made to look – turning the body itself into a beautiful composition, like a song through the self. I loved that part about it. But I want to become a figure skater now. And I’m willing to go the distance, do whatever it takes. I know I want this.So this boils down to three questions. The first, what competitive levels can I expect to see, bearing in mind years of necessary practice, being that I’m already 20? The second, how can I find places to skate year-round in the deep south of the USA? Third, how do I go about practicing to competitive levels?Any advice would be wholly appreciated. I loved to watch skating growing up, I thought it was the coolest thing, and I somewhat ashamedly admit that Yuri on Ice rekindled the wonder I had for it. I know, I know, it’s romanticized, blah, blah. But it just reminded me of a love that was already there. I feel like I need to get into this. I need to make it part of me, even if I haven’t tried it yet. That probably sounds insane, yeah, but it’s how I feel.