Soldotna Sports Center Skaters practice for the performance that will occur at the end of the Arctic Winter Games
Photo By Charlotte Nicolet
The Arctic Winter Games brings not only athletes from the circumpolar north, but also performers of all ages.
One of the youngest is 5-year old Reva Lovett of the Soldotna Sports Center Skaters. Lovett will be performing as one of the go-go dancers in an Austin Powers production number scheduled for March 9 at the close of the figure skating in the Games. Lovett enjoys spirals and has dreams of the Olympics. When asked for advice for aspiring skaters: “Practice, practice, practice,” she said.
“Don’t skate so fast,” said 7-year old fellow skater Savanna Stephens, who also likes spirals. Siblings Shania and Isaac Johnson, six- and four-years old, have dreams of Olympics and hockey.
The skatersabout 30 girls and a few boyswill return from weekend competition at the Wasilla Brett Memorial Ice Arena in time for the Opening Ceremonies of the Games.
Following their March 9 performance, the group’s next competition, “River Skate” takes place April 1-2 at the Soldotna Sports Center. They will each have their own individual areas of expertise for competition as well as team work.
“I think it’s wonderful the kids have an opportunity at the Arctic Winter Games. It’s all about the kids having fun,” said Sheila Lovett, Reva’s mom.
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