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Skating snapshot: Laura and Nicole Faulkner

Laura and Nicole Faulker.  (J. BART RAYNIAK)
Laura and Nicole Faulker. (J. BART RAYNIAK)

Spokane residents Laura Jaeger Faulkner, 45, and her daughter Nicole Faulkner, 10, both volunteer – on the ice – at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Laura: I assisted the skaters in opening ceremonies and I’m also here assisting the sweepers – the kids who pick up the toy bears. As a member of Lilac City Figure Skating Club, Nicole participated in the opening ceremonies. She rehearsed for 12 weeks.

Nicole: I was really excited. It’s a once-in-lifetime thing. When they started clapping, I got so happy.

Laura: I started at the old Five Mile rink at age 4. I was a member of Lilac City Figure Skating Club and trained at Eagles Ice-A-Rena. I was with the Ice Capades for three years. I still skate on a regular basis. It’s fun being on Arena ice, knowing that the best skaters in the country are also going to skate on it.

Nicole: I skate three or four times a week. I would like to be in the Olympics – at least once. And if I don’t, I’ll just try my best. I’ll probably skate women’s, because my mom told me if she saw me as a pair it would just freak her out. If I fell, she would just be so nervous.



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