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Future Olympians: On ice with Sofie Hooft-Toomey

Seven years ago, Sofie Hooft-Toomey's mom took her to a rink, and she's been hard at work ever since. The ice is her playground, where she loves accomplishing new tricks. (SBG)

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EUGENE, Ore. - Seven years ago, Sofie Hooft-Toomey's mom took her to a rink, and she's been hard at work ever since.

The ice is her playground, where she loves accomplishing new tricks.

Even though Sofie says she doesn't want to take things too serious, she's gotten first place in every competition but one, where she finished second.

To counter the nerves of a big competition, I asked Sofie if there's something she tells herself before hitting the ice.

“I don't have something I say to myself” said Sofie, “but I remember one time I was at a competition and things weren't going so well. Then I saw my family and I said, okay it's going to be fine. Then I did the rest and it was great.”

Helping Sofie along the way is her coach Sonny Finley.

With 45 years of coaching on his resume, Finley brings a wealth of knowledge to the ice.

Right now he's working with Sofie on landing doubles (two full rotations in the air).

“Sofie is a big jumper, she's got lots of speed and she can jump good,” said Sonny. “She likes to go fast. She's not really afraid. So that's the biggest thing for Sofie is how big a jumper she is.”

In March, Sofie will compete in the “Love To Skate” competition.

It’s hosted by the Eugene Figure Skating Club at The Rink Exchange.

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