SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -

We are less than one month from the start of the Olympic games in Russia, and one of Springfield's own will be on center stage.

Speed ice skater Emily Scott got her start when she was only 2-and-a-half years old.  Twenty years later, she is Olympics bound.

First, she learned roller skates, then inline skates at Springfield's Skateport, then moved onto ice skates.  It wasn't until about five years ago that Scott moved to ice skates, and, indeed, it was a good move!

She has qualified for the Olympic team in speed skating.  She is 23 years old now.

It's been a long road to the Olympics and there have been a lot of sacrifices. 

Her family says she moved to Florida when she was 14 years old to train for three years.  Then she moved back here to Springfield to graduate from Hillcrest High School, then moved to Utah after graduation to start ice skating for the first time.  Five years after putting on ice skates, she is an Olympian.

Scott placed second in the trials in the 500-meter races, but her grandpa says that is actually her weakest distance.  Her strength is the 1,000 meter and 1,500 meter distance, so he's hopeful she'll bring home gold.

Her dad is hoping to raise enough money to get to go watch her compete in Sochi.   His family set up a website where people can donate to his trip.  The flight alone costs thousands of dollars.