Skater Rachael Flatt is headed to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics! The 17-year-old cutie from Colorado Springs, Colorado is beyond excited. Read more plus photos and video below.
Rachael, who has been consistent in major competition the last five years, proved herself once again, this time coming out on top.
Heading into the free skate, she was third after the short program – Mirai Nagasu was in first, followed by Sasha Cohen. She started with a triple-triple during the opening of her free skate on Saturday and went on to deliver five triple jumps that garnered herself a standing ovation after her performance. She ended the night with a total of 200.11 points, a U.S. record and coincidentally beat out the 199.18 that Sasha Cohen set back in 2006. For Rachael, she finally got to stand at the top of the podium this year, after being second the last two.
She noted on her website:
“I finally competed the way I’ve been training.”
The pretty teen started skating back when she just 4 years old. Soon she was competing, and at 12 years of age became the U.S. Champion in the Ladies Division (Novice). She began skating at the senior level in 2007, placing fifth. She earned a silver medal the following year. She skates under the tutelage of several coaches – Tom Zakrajsek, Becky Calvin, Erik Schulz, Pattie Gottwein, Janet Champion and Eddie Shipstad. Her beautiful programs are choreographed by Lori Nichol.
Not only has she excelled on the ice but academically as well. She is currently a senior at Cheyenne Mountain High School where she takes several AP courses. Quite impressive for this straight A student, as she is able to balance school and training. She has expressed interest in several colleges – namely Yale, Harvard and Columbia. No doubt a spot on the Olympic team will help hurry those applications along.
Good Luck to skater Rachael Flatt (and Mirai Nagasu as well) as they both compete at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
You can see photos and a video of Rachael’s performance at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane on Saturday below.
Pictures: Wikipedia.org/David W. Carmichael