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B'ville figure skater reaches summit

On May 2, Jamie Darling from Baldwinsville passed the United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA) Senior Free Skate test at the Ice Arena in Clinton. Passi ng the Senior Freeskating test and the 15 tests that must precede it is a tremendously difficult task that requires years and years of dedicated work, and a huge amount of skill. Only a small percentage of skaters can claim this great prize.

"I am very excited to have achieve this, but I have so many people to thank. I really appreciate my long-time coach, Susan Flynn, for training me and pushing me and believing in me and my mom made a lot of sacrifices for me, driving me to practices and competitions for so many years," said Darling, a 2007 Baker High School graduate.

Darling, who is currently a student at SUNY Morrisville and a member of Center State Figure Skating Club, reflected on her training years in Baldwinsville.

"I was really fortunate to have the Syracuse Figure Skating Club so closely available at the Lysander Ice Rink," she said. "The Syracuse Figure Skating Club is a great resource in Baldwinsville and I have some great memories with the talented skaters that train there."

This spring, Darling will be graduating from SUNY Morrisville with an associate's degree in sports, nutrition and fitness management. In the fall, she will begin work on her bachelor's degree in kinesiology at Liberty University located in Lynchburg, Va. Her skating goals include continued training and competition, albeit at a more moderate pace.

"At this point, I will reduce the level of skating intensity and concentrate on studies," she said. "But, I love the ice and I really enjoy coaching and look forward to working with other skaters."

Jamie Darling (right) and her coach, Susan Flynn, review the positive results of the Senior Free Skating test held at the Ice Arena in Clinton.

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