The afternoon skating came a few hours after Aubrey returned home from a 6:45 a.m. practice with her coach, Erin Cantu-Vallee, at Lakeshore Sports Centre. Aubrey, who has figure skated for four years, is using every opportunity to hit the ice as she prepares for a competition next month.
As the 2014 Winter Olympics fill television screens across the country, the figure skaters have further inspired the Spring Lake girl to one day represent the USA in the Olympics. After becoming a professional figure skater, she says she wants to be a school teacher.
The 10-year-old member of the Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club said skating makes her feel good, and she wants to skate even more when she watches the Olympic Games.
“I feel so awesome, I can’t explain it,” Aubrey said.
The girl was recently featured in the Olympic edition of the U.S. Figure Skating Magazine, which also features her role models and Olympians Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner. Aubrey said also she looks up to her parents; fellow club skater Phoebe Whitbeck; and her coaches, Cantu-Vallee and Wendi Corelli.
Matt and Nicole Cohoon say they’ve watched their daughter transform from a quiet and shy girl into a confident figure skater.
“It’s amazing — breathtaking sometimes,” Matt said. “The best part is to see her light up, and show her love and passion to the crowd. It’s hard to describe.”
The Holmes Elementary School fourth-grader said she becomes a “diva” once she steps on the ice, as she skates at the preliminary level.
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