Young Olympic hopefuls hit the ice early in KC

Posted at 8:29 AM, Feb 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-16 11:56:17-05

Olympic dreams start early in the morning. Skaters were gliding on to the Centerpoint Community Ice in Independence by 5:00 a.m. Friday.

Seeing the beauty of champions during the Olympic Games is inspirational — and not just for children.

Gabriella Horn’s mission, as director of the Learn To Skate Program, is to get everybody out on the ice: young, old, girls, boys, women, men … everybody!

This particular morning, we caught up with Michael and Morgan. They have a future medal in mind.

Michael is 15 and has been skating for about six years.

Morgan is nine and has been putting on the blades since she was five.

For the last couple of weeks, the two have been working toward pairs competition. The moves are already amazing… lifts, turns, twirls, jumps… all in perfect synchronization.

Why do this hard work from early to late, day in, day out? Sure, there’s that glittering stand atop the Olympic podium but, as Morgan puts it, “Skating feels like you’re flying.”

And that’s a pretty wonderful prize, right there.

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