What it takes to be a competitive figure skater

CALEDONIA, Mich. (WOOD) – Chelsea Morrow knows what it takes to be a competitive ice skater.

“When I watch them at the Olympics, I just am so happy for them because I know what they go through. I know what they put into it,” she told 24 Hour News 8.

Chelsea Morrow (Feb. 2014)

Chelsea Morrow (Feb. 2014)

The Caledonia resident started skating at 8 years old, competed for 12 years, and made her debut at the 2010 United States Figure Skating Championships.

“I skated right after the girl that actually ended up getting fourth at the Olympics. So she had like a standing ovation, and then I was like, ‘Oh, I have to go out and skate after that.’ But I really just used all the energy in the stands and put it into my program,” Morrow told 24 Hour News 8.

Morrow finished 18th at the championships.

Figure skating is a year-round sport, and a big-time commitment.

“You have to be willing to do anything that it takes in order to get to that highest level,” she said.

Morrow said competition brings a lot of pressure, and the Olympians are experiencing that while currently competing at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

“Everything that they had been working for since they were probably 5 years old is finally paying off. And they’re thinking that they’ve made it to the Olympics,” said Morrow.

Whether you want to skate for recreation or perform on a national stage, Morrow said you have to have a passion for it.

Chelsea Morrow is seen ice skating at a rink in West Michigan. (Feb. 2014)

Chelsea Morrow is seen ice skating at a rink in West Michigan. (Feb. 2014)

“You know, you just have to be able to enjoy it. If you don’t enjoy it then you won’t be able to put in all the time.”

Right now, morrow skates in ice shows on Royal Caribbean international cruise ships. She said she the best wasy to get started on the ice is to sign up for beginner classes.

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On Friday on “24 Hour News 8 Daybreak,” Koco McAboy will lace up her ice skates and take to an ice rink, as the “Daybreak Goes Olympic” series continues.

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