Tallahassee teen speeding her way to China

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By: Erin Lisch | WCTV Eyewitness News
August 28, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- In the blink of an eye, Katie Huffman can pass you by.

The 17-year-old is a national champion and national record holder in the world of speed skating.

7-year-old Hannah looks up to Katie: "She gets to travel all over the world!" she exclaimed.

But before she goes around the world, Katie is going around the rink at the Tallahassee Skate Inn.

Huffman, who is headed off to China on Saturday for the World Roller Games Speed Skating Championships, has been practicing for this moment for the past seven years. She competed last year in China, placing fifth with her team.

Flying over 30 miles per hour, coaches say she's something special.

"She’s just a different skater. It's more motivation and want," said Tallahassee Skate Inn coach Dean Bull.

As Katie glides, her parents cautiously cheer, always on edge at the starting line.

Her father, Daryl Huffman, said, "I always get nervous every time I watch her race. I think that will never go away."

Despite her parents' worries, Katie calls skating exhilarating.

"How fast you go, it's constant motion."

A forward motion; not only in sports, but in life.

Huffman’s mother, Cindy Huffman said, "She's grown as a person I think through skating, she's become determined and focused."

Katie added, "It's almost become my whole life, besides school. It's school and skating all the time."

And, stiff competition at the highest level.

"Hopefully a few medals, but we'll see. The competition is pretty tough," said Huffman.

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By: Erin Lisch | WCTV Eyewitness News
August 24, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- National champion Katie Huffman is speed skating her way across the globe.

Huffman, 17, is hoping to bring back gold from the World Roller Speed Skating Championships. Last year at the world championships, she placed fifth in a team event.

Huffman is no stranger to the pressure. This summer, she won multiple medals with Team USA.

She began skating seven years ago, and says she continues to love the sport.

"The first time I started racing, I was like 'Oh my gosh, I love this way more than any other sport I've tried' and I've tried a ton of other sports," Huffman said. "This just clicked. I've always been a very hyperactive kid, so this is perfect."

Getting ready for the world championships, Huffman is training with Renee Hildebrand, the U.S. World Team Coach and a member of the Ocala Speed Team.

The games will be held in Nanjing in September.



 
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