PRIOR LAKE AMERICAN — Prior Lake resident Pamela May ’97 straps into her seat each Wednesday for a 1,000-mile commute.
For the past six years, May has flown to New York to coach the world-class senior, novice and intermediate lines of the Skyliners Synchronized Skating Team. On the following Monday mornings, she flies back to Prior Lake.
“I love Prior Lake,” May said. “I didn’t want to uproot my whole family just because of my desire, and I like the coziness, the quaintness of the town.”
May graduated from Edina High School in 1981. While attending college at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, she taught figure skating. Due to her knowledge of skating and her dance background as a cheerleader with the Minnesota Vikings, her mother asked her to coach synchronized skating.
“That’s how I started doing that when I was right out of college,” May said. “I love the team sport aspect of it all. I love that kids compete as a team and not as an individual.”