Winter Sports Spectacular: Figure Skating

By Erica Quednau |

Published 02/12 2014 03:39PM

Updated 02/13 2014 09:12AM

SPRINGFIELD -- Axles, spins and jumps are all tricks ice skaters learn at the Nelson Center. It has two rinks for people to skate on and more than 50 sessions a week to teach kids how. Thanks to Sochi, the sport is becoming more popular than ever. 

Walking on ice, cold temperatures and bundling up; it's a common theme we've seen this winter. Dozens of kids choose that type of environment. Kids like Hannah Frazier, who has been skating at the Nelson Center for more than six years. 

"My friends invited me to learn to skate and at first, I was kind of iffy about it but then I did it with her and I ended up having a lot of fun," said Frazier. 

Especially when you can do this. 

"There's an axle, there's a bunch of spins, there's a loop, double loop, triple loop. I really like the spins. You have to stretch and we have to do these air turns off ice and yeah, you just go out there and yeah, you can do it," said Frazier. 

It's a motto all the skaters are realizing is true especially when it comes to following their dreams which, for some, could include a Winter Games run. 

"Oh, I love watching that. It's really cool to see the stuff I could be doing eventually and it's really cool to watch the jumps," said Frazier. 

"The potential for these kids to grow is just so amazing and Gracie is a really good example of if you dream it, you can do it," said Sheila Hunter, whose daughter skates with Hannah. 

Hunter is talking about Gracie Gold. She is a 2014 Winter Games figure skater who spent five years of her training at the Nelson Center. 

"It's pretty cool to have and know that that person skated at your rink," said Bruce Blanschan, General Manager of the center. 

He says the Winter Games always bring new people to the rink. Between figure skating and hockey, the games inspire a lot of people to sign up. 

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