Hundreds of figure skaters in Cedar Rapids for shot at Olympics
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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -
Hundreds of figure skaters are taking to the ice this week in Cedar Rapids for the Upper Great Lakes Regional Figure Skating Championships. It's the first step to an Olympic dream which could lead to competing in Sochi, Russia in February or South Korea in 2018.
Joonsoo Kim, 13, started skating four years ago.
"I started skating because my mom had me watch Yu-Na Kim, 2010 Olympic champ on TV," said Kim.
Since then Kim says he has been passionate about skating and has a goal to compete in the Olympics.
"In 2018 in my home country of South Korea, I would really be so honored to participate in that Olympic games," said Kim.
Kim might be on his way. Sunday, Kim won his division, and qualified for sectionals in Missouri. From there he could go onto the U.S. National Championships and, if he was older, qualify for the Olympics.
The Upper Great Lakes Regional Figure Skating Championships is the first step in qualifying for the Olympics and the U.S. National Team.
Hundreds of skaters from all over the Midwest are in Cedar Rapids to try and qualify for the U.S. team.
Melissa Haars is the president of the Eastern Iowa Figure Skating Club. The club started 15 years ago and now they have 30 to 40 people skating with them daily. She says a number of the club members have dreams of being in the Olympics.
"Our one pair skater Tim LeDuc he is currently training in Indianapolis. He has skated at nationals three times now and they will be skating in Nice, France between October 23rd through the 27th. and have a shot. They will make nationals and have a shot to try to make the Olympic team this February," said Haars.
Haars says 2010 Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek came out of the Upper Great Lakes Regional Championships.
If you would like to catch some of the action, competition continues through Tuesday at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.
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