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Spotlight on Stacey Pensgen by Ellie
Exclusive to Unseen Skaters. April 23, 2001.

Stacey Pensgen won the silver medal at the 2000 Four Continents Championships and also has several North Atlantic Regional and Eastern Sectional titles to her credit. In 2000, she placed 6th at Nationals.

When and how did you begin skating?
I began skating when I was six. I don't really remember why I started skating, but I wouldn't go along, so my mom had to take lessons with me.

Why did you stop skating pairs with your brother?
We stopped skating pairs because he didn't want to continue skating. I was also really busy with freestyle, and also gymnastics. He loved baseball, and was really into that.

How did you learn your backflip?
I learned my backflip when I was about 13. One of my coaches suggested that I learn it for a club show that we used to put on. I knew how to do one from my gymnastics experience. We used a harness that we used at gymnastics, and I had two spotters on each side. I also had to wear a helmet the first few times!

What happened during your long program at Nationals this year?
My long program was a disaster at Nationals this year. I honestly don't know what happened. I had a great short, and felt confident. I just couldn't get my feet underneath me for my long.

What are some of your goals in skating?
For next season, I'm still hoping to get an international. I don't know if that's possible or not, but I'd like to compete internationally. I also want to go to Nationals again, and skate well!

What is your favorite thing about skating?
I'm not sure what I love about skating. I love all of it. I like the feeling of accomplishment, and that's the feeling I get when I learn something new. Of course, there are those days when you just don't feel like going, but you work through it. It's all part of the sport.

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