Local teens win Sectional Figure Skating competition, headed to national competition next month


NEW AT 4- TWO LOCAL TEENAGERS RECENTLY BECAME SECTIONAL ICE DANCE CHAMPIONS. NOW THEY’RE GETTING READY TO COMPETE NATIONALLY NEXT MONTH. NEWS 4’S ANGELA CHRISTOFOROS CAUGHT UP WITH THEM ON THE ICE TODAY. ANGELA. CHRISTY 18-YEAR-OLD JIMMY (KO-ZUTA) KOSZUTA OF ANGOLA AND 14-YEAR-OLD JOCELYN HAINES OF MARIETTA SPEND MORE THAN 20 HOURS A WEEK ON THE ICE, THEY DIVIDE THEIR PRACTICE TIME BETWEEN THE NORTHTOWN CENTER IN AMHERST AND THE CORNERSTONE ICE ARENA IN LOCKPORT. THEY RECENTLY WON A REGIONAL COMPETITION AND NOW THEY’RE JUST A MONTH AWAY FROM COMPETING NATIONALLY. JIMMY KOSZUTA AND JOCELYN HAINES HAVE BOTH BEEN ICE SKATING FOR 10 YEARS – BUT TOGETHER, ONLY ABOUT 4 MONTHS. ((IT TAKES A LOT OF BEING TOGETHER AND COMMUNICATING AND JUST TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE MOVE TOGETHER AS THE SAME PERSON.)) THEY RECENTLY COMPETED AT THE U.S. EASTERN SECTIONAL FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN NORTH CAROLINA, AND AS A TEAM THEY TOOK HOME A WIN. AT JUST 14 AND 18, THEY’VE ALREADY OVER ACHIEVED AND EXCEEDED THE EXPECTATIONS OF THEIR COACHES. ((IT USUALLY TAKES MORE THAN A COUPLE YEARS FOR ELITE ICE DANCERS TO SKATE TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE SUCH A HIGHLY REGARDED TITLE.)) THEIR REGULAR TRAINING INVOVLES MORE THAN 20 HOURS A WEEK ON THE ICE AND HOURS OF CONDITIONING OFF THE ICE. ((IT TAKES A LOT OF SACRIFICE, A LOT OF DETERMINATION, YOU FALL YOU GET UP, THIS IS ONE OF THE HARDEST SPORTS IN THE WORLD.)) ((WE GENERALLY TRY TO RUN THROUGH ALL OF OUR PROGRAM EVERYDAY SO THAT WAY WHEN IT COMES COMPETITION TIME IT’S JUST LIKE DOING ANOTHER RUN THROUGH.)) BEING IN SYNC AT ALL TIMES ON THE ICE ISN’T EASY – BUT A KEY PART OF THEIR PARTNERSHIP ASIDE FROM THEIR LOVE OF THE SPORT, MAKES IT WORK, ((I THINK OUR PERSONALITIES JUST GET ALONG REALLY WELL TOGETHER SO THAT REALLY HELPS.)) JOCELYN AND JIMMY WILL BE TRAVELING TO KANSAS CITY TO COMPETE IN THE U.S. FIGURE SKATING NATIONALS COMPETITION NEXT MONTH. THEY SAY THEIR GOAL

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