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Some of the Midwest’s best figure skaters left Westminster this weekend enroute to championships in Minnesota -- and a shot for one skater to qualify for the Winter Olympics in February.
Legacy High School Senior Alex Rogers will compete at the Midwestern Figure Skating Sectionals this weekend, aiming for spot at the U.S. Nationals in San Jose, California Jan. 1.
Cindy Sullivan, director of figure skating at Westminster’s Ice Centre at The Promenade, said it’s part of the rush to qualify skaters for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
“Right after Christmas, they’ll start nationals,” Sullivan said. “They need to have a certain amount of time leading up to the Olympics.”
The Winter Olympics are Feb 9-25 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
“The Olympics makes everything move along,” she said.
Colorado is one of 22 states that are members of the U.S, Figure Skating Midwest Section, which runs from New Mexico and Wyomic east to Alabama and Michigan. The best skaters from that section will compete in Bloomington, Minn. through Nov. 18.
The top four skaters at the Midwest Sectionals will meet their counterparts from the East and Pacific Sectional in San Jose. The top four there will move on to Korea.
Legacy’s Rogers is the sole senior competing from the area this year. She’s originally from South Dakota but moved to Westminster to train at the Ice Center.
“The competition is all four disciplines -- ladies singles, men’s singles, pairs and ice dance,” Sullivan said. “But these other kids are competing at various levels but they are not able to qualify for the Olympics. She’s the only one of our Senior Ladies.”
The Eliana Secunda and Blake Eisenach Junior Pair Team were selected last summer by United States Figure Skating Association for Team USA and they are also competing, but for National Honors. Eisenach is also a Legacy High senior but he and Blake are competing at the Junior level.
In all, seven skaters who have been training in Westminster are moving along to Minnesota for the sections.
“Figure skating really is an all year sport but this is the culmination of our season,” she said. “It’s a very nice complement to our program, our rink and our facility.”
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