A look at Skate Houston 2008

March 31, 2008 7:11:54 AM PDT
This weekend hundreds of ice skaters raced down to Sugar Land for one of Houston's largest competitions of the year.Skate Houston 2008, put on by the Texas Gulf Coast Figure Skating Club, attracts more than 350 competitors to Fort Bend County who participate in 140 events. Those competitions include freestyle skating, compulsory moves, spins, jumps, dance, and artistic interpretation.

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"We've actually drawn people from the state of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana [and] New York," said Roger Davis of the TGCFSC. "We have quite a few states here represented."

Houston's own Sophia LaMay, who just won the Novice Ladies Silver Medal at the U.S. National Championship, was one of many skaters hitting the ice.

"It's experience that matters in this competition," LaMay told abc13.com. "You practice your program in front of the judges and get the help from the scores that you get."

"When you see how hard these kids work day in and day out, you are proud to be a small part of creating the opportunity for them to showcase their skills," said Rene' Bloom, president of Texas Gulf Coast Figure Skating Club.

For more on Skate Houston 2008 and the Texas Gulf Coast Figure Skating Club, click here.

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