Ramsey girl wins state figure skating championship

Samantha Lenart, a 14-year-old figure skater from Ramsey, has been competing on the ice since she was nine years old.

Samantha Lenart (posing with Coach Mandy Pirich) displays her prize after placing first in her level when she competed at the Minnesota State Figure Skating Competition. Photo courtesy of Lynn Lenart

Samantha Lenart (posing with Coach Mandy Pirich) displays her prize after placing first in her level when she competed at the Minnesota State Figure Skating Competition. Photo courtesy of Lynn Lenart

Sure, she’s won some competitions along the way, but Aug. 18 the incoming Anoka High School freshman won the biggest event of her life.

On that day Lenart took home her division’s championship prize when she competed in the Minnesota State Figure Skating Competition. With that win, Samantha is now considered to be the Minnesota State Open Pre-Juvenile Girls Champion, her mother said.

Skating five days each week during the school year – six days a week during the summer – Samantha puts in long hours on the ice to perfect her moves.

Her favorites are the double loop jump, back camel spin and Ina Bauer. The pre-juvenile girls champion is coached by Mandy Pirich and belongs to the Three Rivers Figure Skating Club in Brooklyn Park.

With this state championship win on her resume, Samantha hopes someday to pass all of her U.S. Figure Skating moves and free skate tests before she graduates from high school.

She also thinks she might like to coach someday.

But first, Samantha’s got to collect her state championship trophy.

And so, on Sept. 9 when she attends the Twin Cities Figure Skating Association awards banquet, she will be presented with the Minnesota State Open Pre-Juvenile Girls traveling trophy.

She is also invited to perform in February at the Celebration of Champions skating event in Bloomington. At that event, Samantha and the winners of each figure skating level from the state championships (as well as Minnesota’s regional, section, national and international medalists) will be skating a solo number.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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