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Kennewick figure skater scoring top marks on and off ice

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The 2011 sectional figure skating competitions begin November 9th. The Tri-Cities sends the #1 figure skater from the Pacific Northwest Region to take home the crown.

Figure skating: a sport that demands perfection. 15-year-old Soleil Roth knows this fact all too well. This sophomore at Kamiakin High School has a perfect 4.0 GPA. She's also the Pacific Northwest Region's Novice #1 ranked figure skater.

"When you mess up, it makes you want to fix everything and get better and better as you compete because it's an awesome sport," said Roth.

Soleil's been skating for 9 years now. This year, however, is the 1st without her coaches by her side. They moved to Indiana and this move has taken a toll on her love for the sport.

"It's been a really tough year," said Roth. "So many emotions and so many different events have happened this year. "It's my job to skate. "It doesn't matter. One day, I'll love it and the next day I'll hate it. I feel better when I come back here and do something great on the ice."

Soleil is unsure on whether or not she wants to pursue a career as a professional figure skater or go the academia route. However, she is only 15-years-old and has a couple more years to decide if she's committed to make a run at becoming a member of the 2014 U.S. Winter Olympic Team.

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