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UW-Eau Claire figure skater one competition away from nationals

Eau Claire (WQOW) – He’s been skating since he was eight years old.  Now, one UW-Eau Claire figure skater is spinning his way to sectionals in Dallas, Texas.

The Loyal native is finishing his senior year at UW-Eau Claire, and in less than two weeks, Timothy Zupanc will be skating his heart out at the Midwestern Sectional Championships.

His coach Taylor Galarnyk Hill says Zupanc is the first person in over 20 years to qualify for this competition from our area.

“I’m really proud and grateful of myself to be able to make it to this elite level of competition,” said Zupanc. “When I was younger, I’m kind of like a late bloomer in skating, so when I was younger I wasn’t the best.”

Zupanc trains 11 hours a week perfecting his spins and jumps.

“I think the most challenging part is the mental aspect of skating. With the mental part of skating, you have to really make sure that you’re mentally strong and that you can complete these elements consistently because the only time it matters is when you’re in competition,” said Zupanc.

Zupanc says if he places in the top four in Dallas, he will qualify for nationals.

Zupanc started a GoFundMe page to help pay for his flight, lodging, and other costs related to the competition.

Katrina Lim

Katrina Lim joined the News 18 team in August 2019 as a multimedia journalist. She was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey but has lived in all time zones of the contiguous U.S.A.

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