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Former Olympian Paul Wylie gives tips to young figure skaters in Missoula

MISSOULA – In the KPAX Youth Sports Spotlight we hit the ice for a unique opportunity for some figure skaters at the Glacier Ice Rink.

The Missoula venue hosted a two-day clinic with former Olympian Paul Wylie. He spent six hours Friday and Saturday skating with kids of all ages, teaching new spins and leaps and helping them perfect what they already know.

Wylie won a silver medal at the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, France. He hopes he has the same effect on kids he teaches today that former Olympians had on him years ago.

“I remember that it was almost like just watching them I learned something,” said Wylie. “And so I’m really hoping that just with these seminars and where I’m coming into these cities, I’m also a coach, so I can help, maybe direct them in a certain way, but maybe just being on the ice with me at the same time they get a sense of what it’s supposed to look like, and maybe they catch a little vision for the sport as something that they could take to a higher level.”

Local coaches were also encouraged to attend, so they could pick up some tips from Wylie.

Derek Buerkle

Derek Buerkle

Derek has worked in sports at KPAX-TV in Missoula since 2007. He grew up in Big Timber, Montana, and attended the University of Montana journalism program.
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