13-year-old Gia Kokotakis has already accomplished incredible things in her competitive skating career. Back in 2009, Gia competed at the LA Open Artistic. At the time, she was just 7 years old and managed to win third place, beating out girls as old as 14! Skating to a powerful cover of “You Raise Me Up,” Gia’s ability to throw her deep-rooted passion for skating into her routine is what makes it so exciting to watch. In fact, this video has been viewed 2.5 million times on YouTube.
The Santa Monica native has gone on to take home the bronze medal in the Intermediate Ladies division at the 2015 United States Figure Skating Championships. There, she scored a personal best score of 99.43 points and debuted two new spin positions that have never before been performed by any skater in competition. “It was the result of 23 hours a week of training and trying to become better than I was the day before,” Kokotakis told the Santa Monica Mirror. “I felt like I had reached a goal – not my ultimate goal of competing in the Olympics. I have a sneaking suspicion that Gia will earn her place in the Olympics one day in the near future.
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