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Aspenite skates to a silver medal

Aspen Times Staff Report

Figure skater Jeremy Abbott’s hard work has finally paid off.

The 13-year-old from Aspen, who has given years of hard work and dedication to the sport, now has proof that he is one of the state’s elite skaters – a silver medal.

Abbott and his skating partner, Brittany Vise of Colorado Springs, won the silver medal in the Open Juvenile Pairs figure-skating event at the National Junior Olympics last weekend.

The skating duo, which represented the Broadmoor Skating Club, advanced to the national event by winning the Southwestern Regional Championships competition last October in Wichita, Kan. The top intermediate and juvenile figure skaters in the nation competed at the Figure Skating Championships in Pittsburgh, Penn.

Abbott and Vise competed against 16 pairs teams from around the nation in a competition that included skaters ages 13 to 17.

“They skated a clean, strong, fast and artistic program,” coach Tom Zakrajsek said of Abbott and Vise. “I am very proud of them and they are a very hard-working and dedicated pair of skaters.”

Abbot’s mother, Allison Scott, said: “Jeremy is a very talented and gifted athlete with the potential to go all the way with his skating career, and we are doing everything possible to help make his dream become reality.”

The trip to Nationals was Abbott’s third appearance at that level of competition and the first with Vise as his partner.

Abbott also competes as a singles skater and has won numerous other titles and medals.

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