Dec 19, 2013 10:01 PM by Jordan Mason

Local skaters getting ready for Nationals, then Sochi

It is about to be prime time for several local figure skaters, who each have their sights set on Sochi in less than two months.

Defending U.S. National Champ Max Aaron is one of the favorites to not only make the Olympic team but to possibly medal.

His teammate with the Broadmoor Skating Club, Agnes Zawadzki, is a two-time bronze medalist at the U.S. Championships. She's also aiming for a spot on the Olympic team.

And to make a 1-2-3 Colorado Springs punch, the pairs team of John Coughlin and Caydee Denney is looking to punch their ticket to Sochi. A repeat of 2012's gold medal at Nationals would do just that.

"This time of year, we're really ramping up our on-ice training," said Coughlin. "Even our off-ice workouts are tailored so we can make our primary focus our on-ice training. That's what we're really focused in on."

"We work so hard together," said Denney. "Being motivated by each other--it is pretty fun to be able to enjoy skating with someone you do the everyday grind with."

And former Colorado Springs skating darling Rachael Flatt was training this week at her old stomping grounds. Rachael now trains in San Jose, California, but is back in the Springs for a bit.

We will have much more coverage on all these skaters in the coming weeks. The U.S. Championships begin on January fifth.



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