Olympics Inspire Local Skaters

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

March 1, 2006

The Olympics may be over, but the doesn't mean competitors are putting away their ice skates for the year.

Skaters at the Charlottesville Ice park train from beginners to elite, children to adults, but they all have their eyes on one thing--being the best skater they can be.

"We're out here actually every day except for Saturday and Sunday, so we're here every day of the week and we train anywhere between, our shortest day is an hour on the ice and our longest day is three hours on the ice and we have off ice training before that, which is about an hour or 45 minutes," said figure skater Ryan Edwards.

Ryan and his sister Mimi are training together for the Junior Nationals.

"It's really worth it because who knows, this year we may be going to Washington State and it's like 'oh my gosh,' you just get to travel around the world," said Mimi Edwards. "It's fun. Especially when I have my best friend by my side."

The Edwards practice at the Ice Park with skaters of all different skill level, but no matter what, they are all inspired by the Olympics.

"Actually it's pretty motivating, so that's really good," said figure skater Kathleen Brown.

"It' definitely in the reach for anyone that wants it [and] wants it bad enough. It's a great dream and here at the Ice Park we try to accommodate all of that and get the kids started," said coach Lindsay Tilley.

The Ice Park offers classes that begin March 4th and run for five and six weeks sessions. Each class runs for about 30 minutes.

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