Two young ladies from the Skate Winnipeg club are ready to jump blades-first into the 2014 Manitoba Winter Games.
Emma King, 11, of Tuxedo is busy training at the Jonathan Toews Community Centre with Skate Winnipeg. The Grade 6 Balmoral Hall student has been figure skating since she was five and the Winter Games will mark her first time competing as a Level 1 juvenile, a category which includes a jump event and a program.
Jumping is King’s favourite part of figure skating.
"Because it’s fun," said King, who will be wearing a pink dress for her program.
Karen Landers, one of King’s coaches, said the crowd should expect to see a lot from King because of her talent.
"You’re going to see more jumps and higher-level spins from (King) than you might see in the rest of the pack," Landers said. "She has natural spring so it certainly helps her stay up in the air and she stays focused till the end of her jumps."
Andrea Laskovic, 12, trains with King and will also be competing at the Manitoba Winter Games for the first time.
"I’m excited to just see what it feels like to go to the Winter Games," said Laskovic, who started figure skating on her fourth birthday, eight years ago.
Laskovic’s program will focus on a classic comedian.
"My program, I skate to Charlie Chaplin," said the Grade 7 student at École River Heights.
Laskovic said her program is interesting because there are a lot of arm and foot movements.
"My favourite part of my program is probably my footwork," the Waverley Heights resident said. "Just because I just like doing all the turns in it."
Laskovic says jumping is also her favourite part of figure skating.
"It’s fun and then you also have a lot of things to work on," Laskovic said. "So it takes up a lot of time."
Both King and Laskovic train six days a week, up to three hours at a time. Both dream of going to the Olympics and representing Canada on the world stage. They agree that Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir should have won gold in the ice dance competition at the Sochi Olympics on Feb. 17.
"I liked them better," Laskovic said.
The Manitoba Winter Games run March 2-8 in Morden, Stanley, and Winkler.
For more information visit manitobagames.ca