Skaters compete at international open in Marquette

Future Olympic hopefuls might be found right in the Upper Peninsula’s backyard.

Figure skaters from Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Canada are competing this weekend in Marquette at the Ron Carlson Marquette International Open.

The event is sanctioned by the U.S. and Canadian Figure Skating Association. The competition consists of freestyle, compulsory/short program, artistic, spins, and solo dance.

The skaters are grouped by age and competence level.

“Well there is no music, I start out in a pose and I end facing the judges. I am really nervous but I hope my routine just flows together,” thirteen-year-old Sammy Borcick said.

“There are certain elements that you have to do and at my level, the toe loop, scratch–spin and then two spirals,” thirteen-year-old Emily Helgren said.

Marquette Figure Skating Club hosts the event.

It continues Saturday at Lakeview arena from noon-6p.m., and it’s free to attend.