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An Inspiring Role Model for Young Figure Skaters

Everyone has a dream, from becoming a famous singer to winning an Oscar. In Josh (Joshua) Farris’s case part of his dream has come true. He is now a World Junior Champion in Figure Skating and chasing after a new dream, ”my ultimate dream is to be an Olympian Champion.” Josh told me. Josh first skated when he was five years old. His mother took him to an ice skating rink for his fifth birthday. Afterwards, he pleaded for skating lessons and developed a lifelong passion for figure skating.
Josh Farris is from Seattle, Washington and moved to Colorado in 2008 so he could train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. He has been hard at work, skating 3 sessions a day, (every session is 90 minutes) 4 days a week. His hard work has paid off, he is well known in the figure skating world and has won many ribbons and medals and participated in plenty of competitions. The biggest accomplishment Josh is proud of is during his last time at nationals when he went from twenty-six to sixteenth to fourth because he always had a tough time at Nationals.
How does he balance schoolwork and skating? “Well, I am actually home schooled and that helps a lot.” Josh explained. Since he is homeschooled it is easy for him to do both schoolwork and skating competitions.
Josh has been through a lot to get to this point in his career. He suffered through a serious leg injury during a practice at a Skating Competition few years ago. He is deathly allergic to dairy and went to a restaurant and accidently had some dairy during a competition and had to go to the hospital.
Skating has hugely impacted Josh’s life, “I feel like Skating has matured me way faster than I would have without skating.” Josh told. “I have learned so many lessons that some people have not even learned in their life.” Josh’s advice for young skaters is, “If you have a bad day, don’t beat yourself up, keep pushing and skate because you love to skate.”
Josh is now chasing his dream which is qualifying for the 2014 Winter Olympics.