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WVU Figure Skaters Explain How Injuries are Part of the Sport

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Shaun Adams, a member of the WVU Skating Team, skates for the first time after an injury. Shaun Adams, a member of the WVU Skating Team, skates for the first time after an injury.
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MORGANTOWN -

Olympians make what they do look easy. But there are a lot of things that go into being an athlete in an Olympic sport, like figure skating. Including a lot of time and even injuries.

Olympic figure skating viewers have seen the grand finishes from the winter games, and the falls.

WVU Figure Skating Club Team members say that falling and being injured is just another part of the sport.

The team has gone through some tough times this season. Most of the skaters are out with injuries.

"I broke my tailbone," said Shaun Adams, a member of the team. "I mean in skating you fall a lot."

Angela Kreger is the president of the WVU Figure Skating Club Team. She said, "Their [doctors] idea is that I have a torn labrum, or the cartilage in my hip joint."

Gina Geils is also suffering from an injury sustained from training.

"The injury now is a broken foot, and that is from off ice conditioning," Geils said.

Most skaters say the risk of injury is worth doing what they love.

Kreger has been skating for 18 years and said her ultimate goal was always to be an Olympic skater. But she is technically a US Figure Skating gold medalist in the categories 'Moves in the Field' and 'Freestyle.'

"The freestyle part of it is the jumps the spins, the program," Kreger said. "The moves in the field is like footwork, edges, without music, on the ice they're just looking for alignment and correct edges."

Adams has also been skating for most of her life. She said skating that long doesn't only make you good, but creates friendships and much more. She had one thing to say to someone thinking of getting into the sport.

"Do it. It's more than just a sport. It gives you a part of something. It teaches you dedication at a young age, it teaches you how to discipline yourself," said Adams. "So it's more than just coming out here and doing something that looks cool. It's a life skill that you're learning as well."

If you'd like to see some figure skaters live and in action the Morgantown Ice Arena will present the Wizard of Oz Saturday, March 29 at 4:30 and Sunday, March 30 at 5:30.