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Flatt: Olympics bound?
  • Flatt: Olympics bound?
Wanna try a double axel, triple toe-loop or a spiral? Wanna watch someone else do that?

Memorial Hospital is teaming up with the Olympic Training Center to present a public skating event at Colorado College on Jan. 2 with Olympic figure skater Rachel Flatt.

Flatt, 21, is a graduate of Cheyenne Mountain High School who's attending Stanford University. She worked as an intern at Memorial last summer and has qualified for the upcoming 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which will determine who represented the United States at the winter games in February.

The family skate event is one of several health and wellness initiatives Memorial and U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes in the Southern Colorado region and partners have planned for weeks leading up to the Sochi Games. Here's more from the press release:

Imagine ice skating alongside a U.S. Olympic figure skater and national champion. Now is your chance! As the countdown to the Sochi Games continues, Memorial Hospital has teamed up with U.S. Olympic figure skater Rachael Flatt for a public skating event at the Colorado College Honnen Ice Arena.

Memorial is the official hospital of the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Flatt, the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating national champion, 2008, 2009 and 2011 U.S. Figure Skating silver medalist, and 2008 world junior champion, will skate with fellow Colorado Springs residents, sign autographs, take photos with fans, and offer health and wellness tips.

“It’s important to take care of your body mentally and physically, and skating is a fun way to get active during this season,” Flatt said. “Colorado Springs has a rich history of athletics, and this is a wonderful way for the community to get involved, support athletes and inspire others.”

WHAT: Memorial Hospital Family Skate
WHEN: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Jan. 2, 2014
WHERE: Colorado College Honnen Ice Arena, 30 W. Cache La Poudre St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
COST: Admission and skate rental are free; participants are welcome to bring their own skates. Donations for the Memorial Hospital Foundation are welcome and appreciated! For parking, please use on- or off-street public parking.

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