EULESS, Texas (KXAN) — A men’s figure skater with a unique set of skills has his sights set on making it to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Tim Dolensky, 25, is known for nailing big jumps and knows how to hit the high notes off the ice. He started skating lessons after a first-grade field trip to an ice rink and started music lessons around the same time.
“I definitely think piano for me was more of an outlet for stress,” said Dolensky.
As time went on, Dolensky discovered he was good at both and decided to blend his talents. In 2011, as a junior skater he performed to the song, Windfall, which he composed himself.
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Dolensky skated to his own music again as a senior skater in 2014. “I feel like a musical education really helps you bring out nuances and just trains your ear to really listen to every little detail.”
His coach, Peter Cain, says Dolensky’s musical talent shines through in his skating. “He’s very lyrical on the ice, and he’s a great athlete,” Cain said. “He’s a big jumper.”
Dolensky, who is from Kennesaw, Ga., just moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area earlier this year to train at a new rink. He says he was on the brink of quitting the sport prior to the move and needed a positive change.
Dolensky is gunning for the number three spot on the men’s Olympic team but he knows he has his work cut out for him.
“One of the things that I tell myself is you have to do your stuff. You know that’s kind of what it boils down to — you have to do your stuff in the moment.”
Dolensky just wrapped up a national qualifying competition in Boston then it’s onto training for nationals in January. That’s where he will find out if he’ll be skating for gold in South Korea.