Rachael Flatt is a retired U.S. National Champion figure skater, but has not stopped being involved in the skating world. She coaches children every morning at 6 a.m. before work and is on multiple committees. She describes skating as being free, “like being on the open road and having all the windows down and blaring your favorite music,” and being powerful “by creating your own edges in the ice.”¬†Training at the Colorado Spring Olympic Training Center, she was most inspired by training alongside Paralympians.

“At the heart of it, figure skating is truly the combination of a sport and an art.” -Rachael Flatt


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