Colbert 12-year-old qualifies for national figure skating competition



Posted on December 16, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 16 at 9:49 PM

COLBERT, Wash.--A Colbert girl is in the spotlight after she qualified for a national figure skating competition in November. She is the only local girl in her 12-year-old age group to do so in recent years.

Cheyenne King said it is a dream come true. She has had her eye on nationals for years and she has had a passion for ice skating much longer than that.

King hit the ice for the first time when she was two-years-old.

King made quite an impression in front of the judges at regionals in Tacoma, Washington.

"I usually do my best and hope to get a good score,” said King.

She competed for the first time at the age of five. She finished third in that first competition.

"I was really nervous, it was really weird but I've gotten used to it more now,” said King.

King went on to join the Lilac City Figure Skating Club. She has since competed in more than 50 competitions.

The 12-year-old scored among the top in her age division every time.

“It's pretty cool because I didn't know I'd win, or getting a high score. It's pretty fun,” said King.

Family members said her success comes from putting countless hours on and off the ice.

King trains at the Eagles Ice Arena before and after school. She practices about 25 hours a week.

"Usually it's trying to have every arm and move right on time with the music and just every little thing trying to be perfect... it's a lot of pressure sometimes,” said King.

King finished third at sectionals and qualified for the U.S. figure skating championships in Boston. It is the biggest stage for ice skaters every year.

"It was a pretty big shock for awhile. It didn't seem real until after I figured out what place I was... until I realized that I made it somewhere,” said King.

King said no matter what place she comes in she is a step closer toward her dream.

"To make it to the Olympics one day,” said King.

The top senior skaters qualify for the Olympics. King will be competing in the juvenile division on January 8. That division is for girls ages 13 and under.

The last time a figure skater from Spokane made it to Nationals was in 2003.