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PINLAND EMPIRE: The Lilac City Figure Skating Club

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For this week's Pinland Empire,  Katie Steiner spent the day with the Lilac City Figure Skating Club! For this week's Pinland Empire, Katie Steiner spent the day with the Lilac City Figure Skating Club!
SPOKANE, Wash. -

For this week's Pinland Empire, Katie Steiner spent the day with the Lilac City Figure Skating Club! These talented athletes can skate. We miked up the coach, Randy Clark, during their practice.

One of the kids he was coaching was Courtney Kirschke. She is a freshman at Mead High School. But her real home-away-from-home is Eagles Ice Arena. Courtney has been skating since she was little and spends more than three hours a day on the ice. “It feel like I’m at home when I am on the ice," Kirschke said.

She said that skaters fall a lot. Every day in fact. “A lot of times you just slide. It doesn’t hurt that much. There are some where you take bad spill and it hurts pretty bad. That’s the whole thing of figure skating. You have to learn to get back up.”

And that's why her coach, Randy Clark, uses a pole harness on the harder jumps. Courtney landed her triple salchow with the harness on.

If your kids want to start figure skating, you can enroll them in the Club's "Learn To Skate Program" at Eagles Ice Arena. It's on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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