Little Skaters with Big Dreams

When it comes to sports, the state of Texas is known as a football state. But during the Winter Olympics, its sports like ice skating and skiing that take center stage even in the Lone Star State. Bill stamps stopped by a local rink to report on a Houston family that hopes to go for the gold itself one day.
Space City Ice Station rinkMeghan Moody is nine years old and in the third grade. Her sister Caroline is one year younger. Both are figure skaters who spend hours and hours practicing each week at Space City Ice Station rink near the Johnson Space Center. The girls' dream of skating in the Olympics, but it starts with local competitions. So far Meghan's done pretty well.

"I've gotten fourth or third, sometimes second. But the last competition I did, it took me many tries to get it to the first place."

Meghan says the hardest part about figure skating is the hard falls on the ice. Her sister Caroline says the falls are actually kind of fun.

"Because it's like when you fall down, you slide. So it's kind of fun when you fall down."

The sisters have been watching the Winter Olympics figure skating on television and think the Chinese pair will win the gold. This is Meghan, the oldest.

"Their choreography is really interesting to watch. Their spins, how they do them togther,  I think are really cool."

Paul Kennell is the general manager at space city. He says the Olympics always bring attention to skating and hockey and their business goes up.

"We had a big influx of new skaters in the learn to skate program in January and we also hope to see that follow forward through the year as people start watching the Olympics wanting to see if they can do that themselves and how easy or how hard it maybe be to do.

Meghan and CarolineMeghan and Caroline showed me some of their moves on the ice. Of course I had to ask them whose better. Little sister Caroline had this answer.

Bill: "Who's better?"
 
"I think I am."


They're only 9 and 8, so if things go the way they'd like you could be hearing about them in 2018.

"My main goal is to be the world champion."