Columbus figure skater boards Royal Caribbean cruises

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COLUMBUS — A Columbus figure skater almost said goodbye to her skates, but a concert aboard a cruise ship convinced her otherwise.

Taylor Galonski hasn’t looked back since.


What do you want to know

  • Taylor Galonski, who is now a professional skater, started skating at a young age
  • She almost quit her dream job but decided to try a gig on Royal Caribbean Cruises
  • Galonksi has since traveled the world and has so many adventures to share

Figure skating is all she has ever known, even as a little girl.

“I was told I loved being there and was begging to stay and jump and learn,” Galonski said. “Eventually I talked to my mother about private lessons and so on.”

Now, at 28, Galonski skates professionally.

Although it has always been her first love, it hasn’t been easy. An injury sidelined her for almost a year. 17 at the time, Galonski intended to hang up her skates for good.

“I had been in competitive skating for 14 years, which was a long time, and I thought maybe I wanted to put that behind me and live a normal life,” Galonski said.

She decided to give skating another spin, no longer in competition, but to perform on cruise lines.

“I had a friend who worked for this cruise line and he was doing shows, and I was like, ‘I’m going to apply and see what happens,'” Galonski said.

It’s been 10 years since she took the job at Royal Caribbean Cruises, and she’s never been happier.

She skated in France, Spain, Australia and so many other places she never thought she would go, let alone explore.

“I’ve done such cool things that I never could have done without this job,” Galonksi said. “I did dog sledding in Alaska. I went skydiving in the Bahamas. I’ve done all kinds of hiking in the National Forests…lots of cool stuff.

She will soon be back on the ice, but this time in Niagara Falls.

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