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Skating to the top

By: Matt Long
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Morgan Young has been ice skating for almost as long as she could walk and the practice is paying off. Morgan, 7, competed in the Capital City Regional Figure Skating Championships at Skatetown in Roseville on Sunday and won the Pre-Preliminary, No Axel, 10-and-under division, beating out seven other competitors. For winning she received a medal. “I feel good about how I did,” Morgan said. “I actually did better than I hoped I’d do.” Morgan, an El Dorado Hills resident who’s a third grader at California Montessori Project in Shingle Springs, is coached by Kris Amerine at Skatetown. The two meet three to four times a week and practice for about six hours a week. Amerine wasn’t sure how Morgan was going to do prior to the competition. “During warm-up she looked slow, maybe because it was early in the morning, but once the music started she turned it around. She did an outstanding job.” Morgan completed her 1 minute, 40-second routine and walked away with the gold medal. Her skills shined the brightest. “Morgan is extremely powerful, is fast and has great spring,” Amerine said. “She’s also got a great balletic quality that is a good basis for her future in skating.” For her part, Morgan’s love for the sport makes it easy for her to put the hard work in to improve. “I like doing new tricks and facing hew challenges,” Morgan said. “My coaches are also fun and exciting.” Morgan is a member of the Capital City Figure Skating Club. Her gold medal won this weekend follows another outstanding performance last month at the St. Moritz Figure Skating Competition where she won gold again, beating out seven other skaters, all of whom were older than her.