YOU HEAR IT FROM THE PARENTS. IF THEY DON’T LISTEN THEY HEAR IT FROM SOMEBODY ELSE. THE BEST FIGURE SKATERS IN THE COUNTRY ARE HERE WHERE TONIGHT THE COMPETITION TO CROWN CHAMPIONS THE MENS LADY, PAIRS, AND DANCE GETS UNDER WAY. THE SPORT HAS A LONG TRADITION IN MINNESOTA AND A VERY RICH HISTORY OF COMPETITORS AND PROMOTERS. AND THE TRIPLE-TRIPLES WILL BE THE RAGE IN THE LADIES EVENT. WHO KNOWS BETTER THAN A FORMER NATIONAL CHAMPION TARA L.A. PINKY. SHE AND JOHNNY WARE SPOKE WITH BILL HUDSON TODAY ABOUT WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR AND WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN. Reporter: MINNESOTANS HAVE EMBRACED FIGURE SKATING SINCE PIONEERS FIRST TOOK TO FROZEN PONDS BUT IT’S A RICH HISTORY THAT HAS REACHED A MUCH HIGHER LEVEL. THERE WE HAVE BEEN IN THEIR SKATES, IF YOU WILL. WE KNOW WHAT IS ON THE LINE AND HOW MUCH PRESSURE IT IS. Reporter: TARA L.A. PINKY AND JOHNNY WEER AGREE. SHERRY AND STEVE ARE HERE TO WATCH THE PAIRS COMPETITION. HOPING SON ZACH AND PARTNER JESSICA CAN WIN IT ALL. THEY TRAIN ALL YEARLONG AND THEN TWO TO THREE FIVE MINUTE PROGRAMS CULMINATES AN ENTIRE YEARS WORTH OF TRAINING. Reporter: TARA AND JOHNNY KNOW ALL TOO WELL THE TRUE AWARD IN FIGURE SKATING LASTS FAR BEYOND THE RINK. YOU REALIZE HOW MUCH YOU LOVE THIS SPORT AND YOU REALIZE WHAT PASSION REALLY IS. AND WHEN YOU MOVE ON IN LIFE LATER, I THINK IT’S EASIER TO SEE WHERE YOU SHOULD GO AND APPROACH THAT. Reporter: LIPINSKI IS RIGHT ON THIS. NOTHING BUILDS A PERSON’S SELF- CONFIDENCE AND POISE QUITE LIKE PERFORMING OUT ON A BIG SHEET OF ICE. YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT YOU ARE MADE OF WHEN YOU PERFORM IN FRONT OF ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE. THE PRESSURE PUT INTO SIX MINUTES. I KNOW MAKE OR BREAK. IS THERE ANYBODY IMPARTICULAR WE SHOULD BE LOOKING FOR? ON THE LADY SIDE IT WILL COME DOWN TO ASHLEY WAGNER AND GRACIE GOLD. BUT ON THE MENS SIDE MAX AARON, AND ADAM RIPEN, AND NATHAN CHEN HE WON LAST YEARS JUNIOR GRAND

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