Skating Is A Passion For Group Of Fans

A group of figure skating fans in Omaha this week go out of their way every year to feed their passion of figure skating.

Every year at this time a group of of avid figure skating fans makes their way from around the country to be together for the U.S Figure Skating Championships.

They call themselves the Splinters Group because of all the time they spend sitting in the seats at the arena. About 16 of the groups 30 members are expected to make it to Omaha. Every year they each buy all-session passes.

“We all are very knowledgeable in figure skating,' says Jerri Wszolek from Hamilton Square, New Jersey. “And we also follow the coaches, because we admire so many of them and how well their skaters have performed over the years.”

The group formed in the early 90's when a few skating fans who met in the stands, decided to start getting together every year.

And they've seen many of today's top skaters grow into world class performers.

“Evan Lysacek, who won the Olympics, we watched him since he was a novice skater,” Wszolek said.

And they've seen the demands of the sport grow as well.

“When i started watching figure skating there was no such thing as a quadruple jump,” said Margaret Harboy of Watermill, New York. “ No one did that. Now that's almost a necessity.”

The group usually misses the first couple days of competition. So they give away their unused tickets for those days to local non profits so others can enjoy the figure skating experience.

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