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Young skater dreams of Olympics

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WILMINGTON -- When you think of our area you may think of spending time in the sun, sand and surf. But one local girl doesn't spend her time in the water. She spends it on the water -- in its frozen, hardened form. Eight-year-old Nikki Cool has been skating competitively for two years, winning dozens of medals. She said, "It's my favorite thing to do and it's very fun." Nikki trains at Wilmington Ice House in Ogden three hours a day, six days a week in hopes of being as good as her idol, Michelle Kwan. "Because she's gone to the Olympics a lot, and she's a very pretty skater to watch," Nikki said. Nikki's mother Cathy says she will do what it takes to help make her daughter's dreams come true. "It's daily, it's not just what you see on the ice. It's making schedules, making sure she eats right. It's home schooling, which was never in the plans." Kathy Cader coaches Nikki through her competition routines. She said, "Her routine is going to be a minute and a half and it's for the preliminary level. She's going to be doing mostly single jumps and a couple of different spins." When the years of competing are over Nikki still wants to be involved with ice skating. "I want to be a skate coach like coach Kathy," she said. These goals make Cathy Cool in awe of her daughter. "It's amazing that she knows what she wants and she's going for it at such a young age." In the meantime she'll continue to compete and train to win the best figure skating medal of all: Olympic medals -- at least in the top three. Right now Nikki is working on learning skills to add to her routine.

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