Local Figure Skaters Inspired by Olympics

Wednesday is the start of women's figure skating, one of the premier events in the Olympics. We saw the United State's best right here in Omaha last year, and Greg Ortiz caught up with some young skaters who were inspired to take the ice.

Figure skating was never on Kelsey's radar until the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

"I had front row, and I brought some friends," Kelsey said. "We had a lot of fun, and I was like I want to do this."

Juliana first caught the bug in 2002 when Sarah Hughes won the gold medal.

"I think it was just how effortless it looked, " Juliana said. "The skaters make it look so easy."

Once they hit the ice, there as no turning back.

"Whenever I did other sports none of it clicked," Kelsey said. "When I stepped on the ice I knew I wanted to be here."

They say if you love watching figure skating, you have to try it.

"Just go for it," Juliana said. "Anything takes a lot of time and effort to be good at it. It is worth it in the end. It is a lot of fun, the most important thing is to have fun. That is what we are doing out here every day."


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