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Things haven’t been easy for people who take part in winter sports for the last several years around Los Alamos County.
But Laney Newton has managed to get around that and hone her figure skating skills.
Newton, a local competitive skater, as well as a Los Alamos Monitor newspaper carrier, had a big showing last month at the Broadmoor Open competition. The open was at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo., which also happens to be the home of the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
The 12-year-old Newton brought home medals in the free skate, jumps program and the spins program at the competition. She competes in the pre-preliminary level of U.S. Figure Skating.
Newton practices at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink when she can, but, except for the winter and early spring, does most of her workouts at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center in Santa Fe.
In Santa Fe, she competes with her team, the Desert Ice Figure Skating Club, which is coached by Megan and Mandy Edwards of Rio Rancho.
Those that are interested in seeing Newton in action can see her in planned show in October at the Chavez Center.
Newton has been involved in competitive figure skating for four years and has competed in Colorado on several occasions.
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