Ballantyne woman’s skating skills have paid off in life
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014

Ballantyne woman’s skating skills have paid off in life

Marylouise Calcanes

Marylouise Calcanes is a competitor.

“I’ve always enjoyed challenges and strive to come out on the winning end,” Calcanes said.

She was born in Chicago but moved to Charlotte with her family when she was 7 and immediately began figure skating, competing for seven years.

“I was up very early every morning to have lessons and practice skating before school. Traveling to competitions in other states was so much fun,” Calcanes said. “It was a big commitment, but I loved it.”

During that time, Calcanes, her younger sister, Samantha, and younger brother, Seth, attended Bible Baptist Christian School in Matthews.

“My parents wanted us to have a solid Christian beginning,” she said.

She went on to boarding school in Kansas for high school, which afforded her another dimension of learning.

Calcanes fell in love in her late teens and got married. She and then-husband Clayton had two children, who remain her delight.

Daughter Megan Galindo, 23, is the manager at Stogie & Brew in Fort Mill, S.C., and recently bought her first home. When she was little, Megan Galindo enjoyed riding horses at her grandparents’ farm in the Waxhaw/Lancaster area.

Calcones tended the horses at the farm for several years.

“Now I’ve been busy helping Megan with everything that goes along with buying a home. It’s been fun,” Calcanes said.

Calcanes’ son, Addison Galindo, 19, attends Central Piedmont Community College and works with his father.

Divorced after eight years , Calcanes focused on raising her children. She got certified as a personal trainer and worked with young hockey players.

“My skating talents and all that time in the gym paid off,” she said. “I enjoyed working with the young hockey players; they were so enthusiastic and hardworking.”

She soon did in-home training, too.

“Many of my clients liked the way I dressed, asking me where I bought my clothes, etc., so I eventually became a personal shopper and stylist, too,” Calcanes said.

She remarried and became a stay-at-home mom. “My banker husband, Nick, and I were in the process of building a big home in Waxhaw. Building a home of that size is quite a project, and it kept me very busy,” she said.

Unfortunately, after 11 years, that marriage also ended in divorce.

Calcanes and her children are close to Calcanes’ parents and siblings. They all often get together to play cards or board games.

“My entire family is competitive, so we are all intent on winning,” said the 43-year-old Calcanes.

Weather permitting, the family is outside playing football or basketball.

Calcanes, who lives in Ballantyne, continues to spend a lot of her time on health and fitness. She works out frequently, and recently became a distributor for the health and wellness company AdvoCare.

She also works at L.A. East Boutique in Blakeney Shopping Center.

Karen Scioscia is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Karen? Email her at

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