Two Omaha-area teenage figure skaters head to national level
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – In November, two local athletes are taking their talents to the national stage.
A pair of figure skaters, 13-year-old Camille Kane and 16-year-old Thomas McClure, have been a pairs team for three years.
“They both skate 5-6 days a week, they’re both really good skaters to start with and together they’re fantastic,” said coach Andrea Kunz-Williamson.
This year, the two qualified for the American finals in pairs.
“Just leaving is such a big accomplishment,” Camille Kane said.
This is the best competition where they will skate against other elite athletes from across the country.
“Especially for skaters in our area,” Kunz-Williamson said. “Any time they can move on to these bigger competitions it’s a huge success and we’re so excited for them.”
Coach Andrea Kunz-Williamson says it’s been years since an Omaha pair reached this level of competition.
“Probably 25 at least.”
“Sculls is a very unique sport and you don’t get to compete very often, so the fact that we can go to the US Sculls Finals is really exciting, really awesome,” Camille said.
Both compete at the intermediate level which is just three levels below the skaters you see competing at the Olympics.
As they prepare for the national stage next month, they are more excited than nervous.
“The best way to put it is that it’s just another competition,” said Thomas McClure. “Don’t take it too seriously and don’t get too anxious about it. I just want to try to stay calm and treat it like one more competition, and if you get a medal, that’s just a bonus.
The two are on the ice together for several hours each week, but they also train individually, racking up hundreds of hours of ice time each month.
“It really shows how much you can do with the time we put into it,” Camille said.
“They know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and really help each other out, they’re good friends, so it’s really fun to see them succeed together,” Kunz-Williamson said.
This teenage duo hoping to make it big win gold next month.
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