Louisville Skating Academy members Mary Virginia Shook and Emmett King both won silver medals at the U.S. Figure Skating’s fifth annual Solo Dance Finals held Sept. 23-26 in Lansing, Mich.
Shook, a senior at Sacred Heart, was competing in the national event for the fifth time and earned her first spot on the podium. She competed in the Gold level, the top division in the event.
“The best solo ice dancers compete at this event, so earning a medal was incredible,” Shook said. “I’ve just missed the podium for the past few years, so to achieve my goal of medaling was a dream come true.”
King, a seventh-grader at St. Francis of Assisi, competed in the pre-Silver level and qualified for the national event for the first time.
“The medal really shows that hard work and not giving up pays off,” King said.
The event featured the top 16 solo ice dancers in the nation at each level.