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February 5, 2010 at 4:37 PM

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Learning life lessons at the skating rink

Posted by Gabriel Campanario

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Feb. 4, 5:45 p.m. [Click on sketches to view larger]

skates010117m.jpgWith the Vancouver Games just days away, the Comcast Community Ice Rink in Everett is busier than normal. Coach Melani Young said they see an increase in participation every four years "because everybody wants to be Apolo Ohno." People come here to take speedskating, figure-skating and first-timer classes all year round.

I certainly could use one. My first time on the ice last month didn't go so well and I turned in my skates after 30 minutes.

But this week I was encouraged seeing 5-year-old Makenna Reed zoom around effortlessly. Stu Reed said it was just the fourth time his daughter had been on the ice.

I also learned that there's more to skating than just mastering the sport. For instructor Sandya Nath, ice skating is a lot like life. "No matter how many times you fall, you get back up and try again," she said.

I may have to put those skates back on.

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