The Lexington Ice Center encourages skating for all ages

LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics may be over, but the Lexington Ice Center says the fun at the rink is just beginning.

FOX 56’s Krista Spadaccini laced up her skates and headed to the rink to chat with figure skating coaches Emily Manning and Beverly Durborow.

Normally people don’t think of Kentucky and think of figure skating, but Manning and Durborow said the Olympics encouraged people to find out there was a local ice rink in town. They noticed a huge increase in the number of people coming to skate.

In previous years, the number of people on the ice fluctuated, but now almost all sessions are full, no matter when you come during the free skate.

Coaches have also seen a massive increase in the number of people wanting to take lessons. They said the spike was due to a combination of falling Winter Olympics numbers and COVID-19.

The Lexington Ice Center offers group and private figure skating lessons. Lexington Skating Academy sees the highest attendance ever with nearly 200 students enrolled in the program. This includes classes on Saturday morning, Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon.

Classes are available for all ages. Manning and Burborow taught students as young as three and as old as 65. They both agree that skating is a sport for everyone and that patience with yourself and the progress you make is important.

They believe the Lexington Ice Center is a welcoming environment, from group lessons from the skating academy to the Thoroughbred Figure Skating Club, and the coaches are eager to help skaters hone their skills and travel as far as they go. wish.

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