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Eastern Iowa ice arena busy as Winter Olympics continue

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Officials at one ice arena in eastern Iowa said the Olympics have brought more people off the couch and on the ice. Elizabeth Davies is the Learn to Skate co-director at the Mystique Community Ice Center in Dubuque. She said she believes many head to public skating after watching the Winter Olympics.

"Last week was our first public skate since the Winter Olympics started and we had so many people come that we had actually run out of rental skates," Davies said.

"We have so many people that want to try out the sport and do what they see on TV," Davies said.

Officials with Mystique Ice Center have not only noticed an increase in the amount of skaters during public skating hours, but with ice skating lessons too.

Davies said although Mystique's Learn to Skate program does not have lessons again until March. She said she expects the six week lessons to have about 75% more students than previous sessions.

"We've warned our instructors that they may be looking at a full classes and that we will probably be calling all of our instructors on staff to be around for that session," Davies said Sunday.

This is the first Olympic season in more than 30 years in which Dubuque has been home to a figure skating program.

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