Bringing Olympic Dreams to Life with Figure Skater Iberia
As we watch more than 600 athletes represent the United States at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, it’s almost impossible to imagine the number of hours, months, and years they have dedicated to reach this moment in their lives. And while they are showcasing their talents, thousands of other athletes around the world are hard at work, preparing for their own Olympic dreams to come true – including FLVS 5th grade student, Iberia S.
Iberia’s figure skating journey began three years ago when she stepped onto the ice for the first time and instantly fell in love. Fast forward to today and her love for ice skating is as strong as her first session, if not stronger!
Iberia attends skating classes several times a week, constantly improving her skills – and her hard work is paying off! Last year, she competed in her first competition and earned awards for her solo and synchronized performances. And most recently, she won 1st place with the highest technical and performance scores against skaters from multiple states and levels!
Training for competition is demanding, but as an FLVS Flex student since the 2nd grade, Iberia has been able to customize her academic schedule to work around her busy training schedule. Her mother Lydia says, “Figure skating requires a lot of time to train, so being able to have her own school schedule is a tremendous help with her training, especially during the competition seasons. She can attend the live classes from anywhere, while also having the recordings available so she can go back at any time.”
Not only has Iberia been able to focus on her training, she’s also been able to advance to 6th grade level courses in multiple subjects! Lydia explained that FLVS teachers have been a crucial part of Iberia’s academic success. “All the teachers we’ve had since 2nd grade have been phenomenal. They always go above and beyond to make sure that Iberia has everything she needed, including having time to talk to us parents.”
Outside of the rink and classroom, Iberia enjoys participating in FLVS clubs, like the FLVS Chess and Gardening clubs. She also enjoys building things and says that in addition to her figure skating goals, she hopes to pursue architectural engineering in the future.
When we asked Iberia if she had any advice for other aspiring athletes, she said “training and persistence are the keys to success. Sports are very demanding and hard at the same time—with good days and bad days. But never give up! With practice, comes success.”
Wise words from a young athlete making outstanding progress on, and off the ice!
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