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By Carla Castano

Eugene will be represented for the first-time ever at the United States Figure Skating National Championships.
The "Death Spiral" is one of this Novice pairs favorite moves.
20 year old Eugene native Casey Sullivan and 12 year old Madeline Heritage have been skating since they were four and five years old.

Despite the grace and ease they display, the pair has only been skating together about a year, so you can imagine their excitement when they learned they would be competing in the US Figure Skating National Championships this January. Madeline Heritage says, "my goal was to go to nationals and I achieved my goal, I'm very happy." While Casey Sullivan tells us, "It is pretty awesome because not only am I the first person from Eugene but I'm also the first guy."

It is nerve-racking competition for this team that has only competed once together before. Another obstacle, Madeline lives in Portland. Sullivan explains, "We don't get to skate everyday together cause sometimes she's in Portland and I'm down here so that can be a challenge but we get together as much as possible."
They spend more than 20 hours a week practicing their fancy footwork together and have developed a sibling-like relationship. Sullivan says, "I'd say it is kind of like brother sister. Sometimes we butt heads."

Before Sullivan and Heritage compete at the United States Figure Skating Championships on January 20th and 21st they'll be performing here in Eugene. You can catch them at the Holiday Ice Show on Decmeber 8th and 9th at Lane Events Center Ice.

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