Teen skater turning heads

She started skating at the Memorial Sports Center in Middlebury as a Kindergartner, and now, at age 15, Kendall Wyckoff, can count herself among the countrys elite figure skaters. She placed second at the New England Regional Championships in October, earning herself one of only 12 spots at next weeks Eastern Sectional Championships in Raleigh, North Carolina. The top four skaters from each of the three sectional championships advance to the U.S. Figure Skating National Championships in January. The daughter of Chris and Lee Wyckoff of Panton, Kendall now lives full-time in Lake Placid to facilitate her demanding training schedule. Typically, Kendall skates two to three hours a day, six days a week, with additional time spent off-ice on physical conditioning and ballet. She is coached by two-time Olympian, Gilberto Viadana of Italy and his wife, Michaela Boschetto, a trained ballerina and choreographer. After attending last years U.S. Junior National Championships, Kendall has continued to rise in her competitive standings. She placed in the top ten at a national-level competition in Philadelphia, in July, and won a regional-level competition with a twenty percent lead in score, in August. Kendall has distinguished herself through huge jumps, including a solid double axel, and a dramatic skating style, to artistic programs such as Romeo and Juliet. She represents the Vermont Skating Club based at Cairns Arena in South Burlington. Also a serious student, Kendall attends Lake Placid High School, on a tuition basis. Last year, as a high honors freshman at Vergennes Union High School, she won the National History Day state competition in the individual documentary category, and progressed to the national finals in Maryland in June. As a 12-year-old, Kendall was selected to the US Figure Skating Young Internationals team, and competed at the Kempen Trophy in Belgium, winning her event in a field of nineteen skaters from seven countries. Later, she participated in a cultural exchange with the Chinese Figure Skating Team in Beijing, China. Next spring, Kendall hopes to compete in two competitions in Europe. She is actively seeking corporate and individual sponsors to help her achieve her goals.

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