Young Olympic Hopefuls Lead Full Lives to Reach Their Dreams

first_img Make a comment center column 4 Young Olympic Hopefuls Lead Full Lives to Reach Their Dreams From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, January 24, 2014 | 12:45 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Community News Herbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPretty Or Not: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News As we prepare to watch the USA compete in the winter Olympics this month, let’s take a journey into the life of young Olympic hopefuls as they strive to one day compete in the Olympics. In addition to a strong desire and ambition to succeed, it takes juggling friends and family, school, training and competing commitments to make these kids successful. And don’t forget the support of their parents.Figure SkatingKamryn Coffey, age 16, is a competitive figure skater who trains six days a week, four to seven hours a day. She begins her days early, skating from 6:30 to 8:30am. Then it’s off to school at Halstrom Academy where she attends three days a week, then it’s back to the rink for another two to five more hours of training. In addition to a busy training schedule comes a hectic travel schedule for competition. “With my skating, I travel a lot,” said Kamryn. “Throughout the year, I go pretty much all over the country.” It’s a demanding schedule, but Kamryn loves it. She has been a competitive skater since the age of three and hopes to make it to the Olympics.Ice HockeyGarrett Geane, age 18 is living in Canada from September through April so he can play hockey with the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Steinbach Pistons. Like Kamryn, Garrett’s days begin early, with the morning skate. He then “attends” class for an hour each morning from via Skype with his teachers at Halstrom Academy. After class he has time to complete homework before heading back to the rink for the afternoon practice.As his mother, Jeanne Boyce puts it, “Garrett is having the most unbelievable time of his life.” He works hard, but he’s getting to do what he loves. Like other athletes who live away from home, Garrett lives with a “billet family.” These families offer room and board to amateur athletes under the age of 20 who leave home to join elite teams in other towns. Garrett’s parents visit him in Canada about once a month.SnowboardingJamie DeCesare, age 14 and competitive snow boarder is living in Colorado this winter so he can train with his coach and compete. As a snowboarder, he trains seven days a week. He competes in four areas – boarder cross, which is his favorite, as well as slalom, giant slalom and slope style. He’s also starting to train in half pipe, which was something he wasn’t able to do in California.Because his training is so intensive during the winter months, Jamie takes advantage of Halstrom’s flexible scheduling by attending school in the summer and fall, and takes the winter off to focus solely on his sport. He will return to California in April, and will start his sophomore year in June.A One-to-One School With Flexible Scheduling Helps Olympic Hopefuls Achieve Their DreamsIn 1985, Halstrom introduced Southern California families to a new, revolutionary concept: school with one-teacher to one-student class sizes and flexible class scheduling. Since then, Halstrom has helped thousands of students such as Olympic figure skater Sasha Cohen, and professional skateboarder Ryan Sheckler, achieve their educational goals.“I’m loving school at Halstrom,” says Kamryn. “It’s so awesome because of my schedule. And the 1:1 teaching at Halstrom is fantastic. It helps me grasp concepts easier, and it helps me to really learn better. At public school I fell behind in homework because I didn’t have time to do it all.”Jamie says he likes school a lot, and says he loves Halstrom because he really learns. The 1:1 teaching is great because he can move along at his pace, and not have to wait for other students in the class.Halstrom is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It offers more than 150 courses including AP courses and many that are U.C./C.S.U. certified and 96 NCAA approved. An in-depth college and career planning program prepares students for life beyond high school and has helped many students go on to prestigious universities. Halstrom offers year-round open enrollment at its Pasadena campus in addition to eight campuses located through out Southern California. Halstrom classes are also available via webcam through an online program. For more information visit www.halstromacademy.org. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stufflast_img