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Ice Skating in NWA

SPRINGDALE - AR, This year skaters from around the world will gather in Sochi competing for Olympic gold. As they take the ice Olympic hopefuls will watch, learn, and train hoping to one day make their own impact on the sport.
SPRINGDALE - AR, This year skaters from around the world will gather in Sochi competing for Olympic gold. As they take the ice Olympic hopefuls will watch, learn, and train hoping to one day make their own impact on the sport.
As KNWA's Neile Jones found out.. Some of those young hopefuls practice right here in Northwest Arkansas.
They make it look so beautiful and in many cases effort less, but as we found out ice skating is a sport that requires much more than time on the rink.
Skating coach Jennifer Kelly knows a thing or two about the work that goes into a 4 minute routine,
" There's many hours of practice time. I would say our skaters are here an average of 3 to 4 days a week approximately two hour practices per day, and private lessons and office conditioning sometimes ballet, sometimes yoga."
And a sport that requires grace and creativity also requires strength and dedication.
''you have all the physics or mechanics of skating. How to twist your body in order to get a revolution or rotation in the air And then you've also got the creative side with the dresses and the stones and then the music and the artistry there. Says Kelly.
Combine all these things and more and you'll find some fierce competition at any age.
Pooja Kalyan says, " I'm going to Nationals in Boston and since this is an Olympic year I'm really excited for it."
Katie Sabo says, "Skating offers more than just a physical activity. I think it's good for the soul and I think its great for character too. It teaches kids and adults alike to persevere keep trying and no matter how many times you fall get up and try again."
And for Coach Kelly that is a winning combination.
To learn more about The Jones Center and how you can get out on the rink click here. If you'd like to hear more about who these young skaters will be cheering for at the games click here.
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