Young ice skaters share Olympic dreams

Ice skaters at Kettering Ice Arena. (WDTN Photo)

KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – Figure skating is a fan favorite at the Olympic Games and will no doubt be one of the most highly watched sports come February.

For most, the dreams of becoming a figure skater start very young.

Long before the world’s best triple-sow cowed and double toe-looped their passport to the ultimate sheet of ice in Sochi. they laced up their skates just like you for an education, basic skills 101.

“We start them at 3 years old in what we call our Snow Plow Sam Class, basically to get them on the ice, get them away from mom and dad, get them on the ice, get them acclimated. They learn how to fall and get up, march forward and march backwards,” said Angie Riviello, Professional Skaters Association.

The basics! Riviello is the arena supervisor at the Kettering Ice Arena.

She says these are the same baby steps that every gold medalist takes, so the next world great might literally be right under her nose.

10 year old Daphne Graeter is practically a long-time veteran figure skater now.

“I’ve been skating since I was 3 and it was a lot of fun because I didn’t know what to do and it’s just a lot of fun to skate,” said Graeter.

And she skates a lot. “I skate for about two hours a day, so I probably get a really good work out every time I skate.”

That’s an understatement. Riviello says kids can be easier because they don’t know better. Kids like little Daphne who may not know better, but she knows she wants her own Olympic experience. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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