Springfield figure skating interest grows thanks to Olympics

Published: Feb. 16, 2018 at 10:04 PM CST
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Excitement over the winter Olympics is spilling over into Mediacom Ice Park.

Figure skating director Jolyn Hecht says that their Learn to Skate sessions double in size when the international light shines on their sport every four years.

“It's really cool to see that there's people in Springfield that remember that we have an ice rink, and they want to go out and try it themselves, which is really awesome to see everyone come out and skate,” sixth year skater and high school senior Korinna Hylen said.

The students at Mediacom Ice Park watch the games on a large screen as they practice.

“I don't think some of the stuff they see on TV they're ready to try just yet,” Hecht said. “But, I do think it connects with them with what they're working towards. For some of them, I think getting to see it on TV kind of gives them an extra push.”

“We pick up on certain things like certain moves they do like edges and jumps and spins that most people won't pick up on,” sixth year skater and high school junior Reagan Dickey said.

The games inspire people to pick up the sport, like Claire Bodnar in 2014.

“I always thought ice skating was really pretty and fun, and I was never good at it before, but once I got out there and kept trying I really loved it and stuck with it ever since,” Bodnar, a seventh grader, said. “Just watching it again, after having done it yourself, you can see the differences and you can identify what could have gone wrong if they fall or something.”