I hope it is okay to post articles on skaters here. I just read this one on Taylor, Firth. I really enjoyed it.
"Taylor Firth: 'I love spinning in the air. I love the feel of flying around. I love being on show.'
By AMY MORITZ, Buffalo News.
"JAMESTOWN - Right now, it's the little things that excite her. The possibility of doing autograph booths and having young skaters ask her to sign their programs. The hospitality provided for the event, with food for competitors, a hotel right across the street from the rink and professionals to do her hair and makeup.
"That's not why Taylor Firth is in the figure skating business, but those first-time perks sure are nice. Her enthusiasm is contagious and it offers a bit of relief, too. After all, she is only 15 years old and most other times exudes the poise and maturity of someone much older....
"The Grand Island native who trains in Jamestown placed second at the Eastern Sectional Championships held in Atlanta, earning her a spot in the national championships Jan. 21-28 in Spokane, Wash., and a chance to skate against the likes of Kimmie Meissner and Emily Hughes. According to co-coach Kirk Wyse, it's the first time since 1932 that a female skater from Western New York has advanced to the senior ladies national freestyle event....
"Firth also has strong mental skills - a focus and determination that often separates the elite athletes from the wannabes.
"'Not only is she doing the physical work every day but she's doing the work mentally,' said Kellie Peiper, who works with Firth as a sports psychology consultant. 'She's working on her confidence and positive self-talk - all the things that train her brain to be in the zone, in the moment, and focus on the task at hand....'"