Jan 26, 2010 1:13 PM by Stefanie Boe & Jeannette Hynes
Rachael Flatt is back in Colorado Springs after winning the U.S. Figure Skating Championship over the weekend. The 17-year-old figure skater arrived tonight at the Colorado Springs airport to a crowd of supporters, many of them from the Broadmoor Skating Club, where she has skated most of her life.
Her next stop is the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
"I never thought it would actually become a reality. It was always a dream, but oh my gosh, it's so exciting," says Flatt.
Flatt credits her parents, friends, and coaches for helping her to stay grounded. Dorothy Hamill is her skating mentor and Flatt says she's gained a lot of wisdom from her as she prepares for her Olympic appearance.
"Getting on the Olympic team. It still give me the chills thinking about it," says Flatt.
Flatt has been on ice skate since she was four years old. Her mom, Jody, says she's been regularly practicing three to four times a week for most of those years.
"It's very surreal. Surreal. That's the best way to describe it," says Jody Flatt, talking about Rachael's national championship and spot on the Olympic team.
"It's a dream come true, literally," says Rachael Flatt.
Cheyenne Mountain High School will have a pep rally in Flatt's honor Tuesday morning. Flatt is a senior at the school.