Fort Wayne Hosts National Figure Skating Camp

By Emily Dwire
By Rachel Martin

June 9, 2013 Updated Jun 9, 2013 at 6:47 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – Ice skaters hoping to head to the Olympics get some extra help, as Fort Wayne hosts the U.S. Figure Skating National Pairs camp.

The camp was open this weekend to all pairs teams who are planning to compete in the 2014 Olympic qualifying season. The camp featured former ice skating Olympians and instructors as well as national and world champions.

Instructors spent Sunday afternoon teaching a new generation of skaters advanced skills and techniques, including transitions, step sequences, and pattern dances.

Many of the young skaters took part in this camp to prepare themselves for the national championship in January, which also doubles as the Olympic trials.

“This is the beginning of the training season and now the kids are out of school and they'll be working hard for that ultimate goal of making the Olympic team,” said Nancy Ruedebusch, figure skating specialist.

The Fort Wayne Pairs Classic was also held over the weekend, featuring elite skaters from all over the country in a two day competition. Officials say the skating weekend is expected to bring at least $50,000 into the community.

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