>>Collin: BEFORE THEY CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS.>>Josh: AND THE HOLIDAY TOURNAMENTS. THANKS, COLLIN.>>>THE BEMIDJI FIGURE SKATING CLUB HAS BEEN A PART OF THE COMMUNITY FOR 50 YEARS. THIS PAST WEEKEND, THEY WANTED TO GIVE BACK BY HOSTING THEIR FIRST SKATE-A-THON. REPORTER SHIRELLE MOORE HAS THAT STORY FOR THIS WEEK’S “IN FOCUS.”>>Reporter: AN AFTERNOON ON THE ICE TURNED OUT TO BE A BIG SUCCESS FOR THE BEMIDJI SKATING CLUB. THE FIRST EVER SKATE-A-THON WAS HELD THIS PAST WEEKEND. THEY WERE OPENED FOR A FEW SESSIONS. FIVE-TIME MINNESOTA STATE CHAMP OPENED WITH A BREATHTAKING PERFORMANCE. SHE GOT HER START RIGHT HERE IN BEMIDJI.>>I TOOK MY FIRST STEPS ON THE ICE RIGHT HERE. WHEN I WAS FIVE AND A HALF. AND I JUST FELL IN LOVE WITH IT I LOVED SKATING AND JUST FEELING THE WIND IN MY FACE WHEN I COULD GO FAST.>>Reporter: THE SKATE-A-THON WASN’T JUST TO SHOWCASE FABULOUS SKILLS. THE NIGHT WAS MEANT AS A FUNDRAISER FOR THE OLYMPIC.>>WITH THE OLYMPICS COMING UP IN FEBRUARY, THEY HAD DECIDED TO CREATE SOMETHING CALLED DESTINATION PUNG CHANG AND THAT’S FOR THE FAMILIES OF THE U.S. FIGURE SKATERS TO TRAVEL TO KOREA. I JUST ASKED CLUBS AROUND THE COUNTRY IF THEY WOULD JUST HOLD A SKATE-A-THON. WE THOUGHT WE WERE UP FOR THE CHALLENGE.>>Reporter: THE SKATE-A-THON HAD EVERYTHING TODAY FROM OLYMPIC HOPEFULS TO EVEN A SKATING SANTA.>>SKATING IS A LIFE-LONG SPORT THEY’LL BE ABLE TO SKATE THEIR WHOLE LIFE RECREATIONALLY OR COMPETITIVELY INTO COLLEGE OR DANCE LINES OR FIGURE SKATING LINES.>>Reporter: IF YOU ASK ANY OF THE DANCERS, THEY’LL AGREE, THERE’S NOTHING LIKE BEING ON THE ICE.>>MY FAVORITE THING OF SKATING IS PROBABLY THE ICE SHOWS AND PREPARING FOR THEM. TO PERFORM FOR THE COMMUNITY AND EVERYONE ELSE.>>GO OUT THERE AND I CAN JUST EXPRESS MYSELF AND SKATE TO MUSIC. IT’S MY FAVORITE THING IN THE WORLD AND I LOVE IT.>>Reporter: NEXT TO THE FIGURE SKATING CLUB IS TIME TO SKATE WITH THE FIGURE SKATING. IT WOULDN’T BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THEIR SPONSORS.>>PEOPLE FROM MINNEAPOLIS LIKE TO COME UP TO BEMIDJI BECAUSE IT’S A FUN PLACE TO COME AND THEIR GIRLS WILL TAKE SOME TESTS AND COMPETE.>>Reporter: IF YOU’RE THINKING ABOUT HITTING THE ICE, IF YOU FALL, NEVER BE AFRAID TO GET BACK UP.>>NEVER GIVE UP. IT CAN BE HARD SOMETIMES, THERE ARE UPS AND DOWNS. JUST REMEMBER THAT YOU CAN DO THIS AND KEEP BELIEVING.>>Reporter: IN BEMIDJI WITH

In Focus: Bemidji Figure Skating Club Hosts First Skate-A-Thon
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  • December 27, 2017 at 3:56 am
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    Wren Warne -Jacobsen is so lovely and well spoken. Definitely foresee Olympic and commercial glory here.

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