Team USA Years: 2013 and 2014
Hometown: Waterford, MI
Current residence: Waterford, MI - above the roller rink!
Personal website/journal/web log (blog) address: facebook.com/jaymeemason
When did you begin skating: when I was 2 years old in the tiny tots class at Rolladium!
Coach's name: Mary Margaret Campbell, also have been working with Larry Chopp for compulsories and choreographry.
Current Skating Club: Rolladium Skating Club
Occupation, current employer: coach at the Rolladium Skating Club, English and ESL teacher at Madison High School (MHS)
High school attended: Waterford Mott High School
Year of graduation: 2005
Location of high school: Waterford, MI
Sports you competed in while in high school (include number of years): Precision, Figure, and Freestyle Roller Skating - 4 years
Other high school activities: Marching Band, Yearbook Editor, NHS
College attended: Michigan State University (MSU)
Year of graduation: 2010
Degree/major: English and German, Secondary Education
Sports you competed in while in college (include number of years): Creative Solo, Team Dance and Solo Dance Roller Skating (4 years)
Other college activities: Mortar Board Honor Society, German for Kids
Awards, honors and statistics received in roller sports: 2008 Creative Solo National Champion, 2010 Creative Solo National Silver Medalist, 2010 Freshman/Sophomore Solo Dance National Silver Medalist, 2011 Open Free DANCE national Champion, 2011 Freshman/Sophomore Team Dance Champion, 2012 World Class Dance Bronze Medalist, 2013 World Class Dance Bronze Medalist; 2013 and 2014 World Team member; 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013 Michigan USARS Skater of the Year. I also received my first National placement as a coach; my Junior Precision team, the Rockin’ Rollers, received the bronze medal this year in Lincoln!
Other awards and/or honors received outside of roller sports: MSU Valedictorian Scholarship, MSU Urban Education Scholarship, MHS "Worst Car" Mock Award
Other sports you currently participate in: Racquetball Thursdays!
Life Goals: Have a family and further roller sports through coaching and promotion
Career Goals: Receive my doctorate in education and become a USARS Elite Coach
Future goals you hope to obtain as a skater: to represent my country by skating my personal best in Spain.
Who is your favorite sports figures: Tara Lipinski, Meryl Davis and Charlie White
Favorite food before a competition: Oatmeal with peanut butter, milk and a banana with LOTS of water!
Favorite movie: Moulin Rouge
Favorite place to shop: Target and the Gap
What music do you listen to during training or competition? I always have to listen to whatever I'll be performing to that day. Once I've done that, I put on Fort Minor, Barenaked Ladies, or Eminem.
Most prized possession: My roller skates and my Team USA warmups!!!
Favorite hobbies: Reading, writing, working out
If you could pick one word to describe you, what would it be: Driven.
What makes you a unique and special person: I always feel that being a roller skater makes me unique. Living above a roller rink is special, too!
Who is the person you most admire/greatest influence in your life and why: My Coach, Mary Margaret, because she's put up with me for a VERY long time and my mom because she has taught me to be persevering and independent.
Father’s name: Stephen Mason
Father’s occupation: Drain Commission
Mother’s name: Kimmberly Buchmann
Mother’s occupation: Oakland County Treasurer Department
Brother: Noah Babala, 12
Sisters: Erynn Mason, 20, and KayLee Mason, 6
Family Members Who Have Competed or Are Competing in Amateur or Professional Athletics: My dad was an awesome baseball player, KayLee plays some mean t-ball, and Erynn and Noah are both artistic roller skaters and I’m proud to say Noah is following in my footsteps and skated his first Nationals with his beautiful dance partner, Pearl.
Anything else you would like us to know about you: I have the best skating partner in the World - Joshua Meloy. Thank you for putting up with me these last six years.