12 year old Tulsa ice skater has her sights set on the Olympics


Friday, November 5th 2004, 10:50 am
By: News On 6


Every young figure skater dreams of going to the Olympics one day. For a 12 year old Tulsa girl that dream could actually come true.

Victoria Fairchild's coach says she has everything she needs to go all the way to the top. News on 6 reporter Rick Wells has her story.

Every morning just after five o'clock, Victoria Fairchild begins a 3 hour routine, of exercise and skating. She has a big dream to fulfill before she grows up. Victoria Fairchild: "I wanna go to the Olympics." And she might. Her coach Boyko Alexiev, a former Olympian himself, believes she has what it takes. Boyko Alexiev: "She has the whole package, she's flexible, she's fast, she's light."

He says her presentation is excellent and she has a wonderful attitude. But all these skaters, work hard, have talent, and potential, but Victoria is emerging as something extra special. Boyko Alexiev: "She's buzzing on the ice, she's skating differently. She's light, she flies on the ice."

Her father says she and her sister started skating 7 years ago and they have progressed and advanced up the skating success ladder together. Larry Fairchild: "It started out as a couple of hours a week; it has grown because they made it happen."

And although they've both been successful Victoria has qualified for the sectional championships, the first from this area in at least a decade.

If she skates well she could go to nationals where she would share the ice with the best in the country. Larry Fairchild: "We're excited about the future for her." Her coach is excited too, but he knows the building blocks of a successful future are made of work and so she skates hours everyday practicing the moves she'll need for a winning routine.

Ice skating at this level is very expensive. Victoria's parents each work two jobs to pay expenses. The Sectional Championships are later this month in North Dakota.