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Figure skating isn't as easy as it looks Submitted: 01/31/2014
Story By Kalia Baker

Figure skating isn't as easy as it looks
EAGLE RIVER - We all love watching little girls figure skate.

But the Eagle River Figure Skating Club President says it's not as easy as it
looks.

Most of the girls at the club have been skating for more than four years.

But it takes a lot of time and money to get them to the next level.

"It's work. You fall, you get back up again and you do it over and over again,"
said Tina Yakel, Figure Skating Club president It takes lots of practice and
lots of work and lots of commitment. It's not just pretty, fun stuff like it
looks like."

The club president also thinks skating teaches the girls how to have a good work
ethic.

"It creates a self-worth, it creates that more of a commitment, that you have to
be there to do something," said Yakel. That if you really want to do it, you
really have to work for it. and I think it instills that in them when they're
young."

Girls at the Eagle River Figure Skating club host skating clinics.

Coaches and skaters from around the world have flown in to teach them.

Some of them have coached and competed in the Olympics.




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