Plano teen targeting 2018 Olympic gold

PLANO, Texas (CNN/WFAA) — The winter Olympics have ended, but a Texas girl is practicing on the ice every day — her sights set on gold in 2018.

“Some kids will go to movies and they’ll go hang out every day, and I’m here training,” said Amber Glenn, 14. “All day, every day, six days a week.”

It’s not your typical 14-year-old’s schedule: 7 a.m to 6 p.m.

Then again, Amber’s not a typical teen from Plano, her eyes on the next Olympics.

“Well, of course every skater’s dream is to win the Olympics,” laughs Amber.

For her, it looks effortless. Falling even happens with grace.

“Look like a ballerina on ice,” said Amber.

The Junior National Champion found this passion for figure skating at 5 years old. While her friends are competing on the world’s biggest stage, Amber is biding her time.

She missed this Olympic cut-off by eight months.

“I did the math on my hands as to how old she would be at what Olympics,” said Amber’s mother, who was calculating that when Amber was just 5 years old.

But mom says everything happens for a reason. She knows her daughter has a penchant for risk, even perfection.

“If that program is not perfect, I will train until it is,” said Amber.

It’s an individual sport that really takes a team. Dad, a Plano police officer, puts in 30 overtime hours a week.

Every minute, every penny, they say, is worth it. She’ll have to qualify in four years and then get picked.

And you can bet Amber will be ready.

blog comments powered by Disqus