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Passport to Gold 2010

Spokane-area skater choreographs start of championships

Tanya West has been a competitive skater since she was 15. But for the 2010 nationals, her job is to get the competition off to a good start. (Photo: The Spokesman-Review) Tanya West has been a competitive skater since she was 15. But for the 2010 nationals, her job is to get the competition off to a good start. (Photo: The Spokesman-Review)

Pia Hallenberg Christensen
The Spokesman-Review

When Tanya West began skating at 5, she knew she always wanted to skate, but she never guessed she would one day be responsible for choreographing the opening ceremonies when the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating National Championships hit Spokane next week.

"This is the big celebration, the opening of the championship, that takes place Friday night," said West, 24, in between practices at Eagles Ice Arena in north Spokane. "I have two assistants to help me, we've been practicing really hard and it's been a lot of fun."

There will be 41 local skaters in the opening show – some as young as 5 – and they have been practicing for months.

Set to the music of Celine Dion and Black Eyed Peas, the opening show tells the story of a couple who arrive in Spokane to attend the championships.

 

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