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Passport to Gold 2010

Teen thrilled with opportunity to compete in singles and pairs

Amanda Dobhbs and Joseph Jacobsen (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review) Amanda Dobhbs and Joseph Jacobsen (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

by Dave Trimmer
The Spokesman-Review

It doesn't take an expert's eye to know that all of the skaters, from 10-year-old Nathen Chen in the Novice Men to 36-year-old John Baldwin in Senior Pairs, have put in an amazing amount of time and effort to reach the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

And there are a handful of youngsters who have managed to make it to Spokane in two events.

That's what makes Amanda Dobbs so amazing. The 16-year-old Californian is competing in two Senior events. She and Joseph Jacobsen placed seventh in Pairs last weekend and she returns to the Arena ice Thursday for the Senior Ladies' short program.

The impression from Dodds is that it is no big deal and if she could, she would spend even more time on the ice.

"I like the freedom," she said. "I like the feel of the ice. It's when I'm happiest. When I step onto the ice, nothing else really matters."

"I think that's one of the things that makes it workable for Amanda," said Todd Sand, one of her coaches. "She really, really loves to skate."

That means two events just double her pleasure.

"I like them both the same," she said. "I like my time to myself, but I also like having someone on the ice that makes me laugh, who enjoys skating as much as I do it. It's nice to share the love of the sport with someone else."

 

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