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Feb 28, 2010 10:00 PM by Veronica White

Ice Sports Spike During Olympics

The 2010 Olympics are ending, but local ice skaters and hockey players are just getting started.

The LA Hockeyplex is seeing the biggest spike in business ever.

The ice rink is a second home for children like 13-year-old Chris and 11-year-old Linzi, who were inspired by the athletes they used to watch on TV.

Chris wants to be a professional:

"I want to do it for ice hockey, to play for the Boston Bruins," he says.

Linzi wants a gold medal:

"I always wanted to be in the Olympics," she says.

LA Hockeyplex owner Phil David says they have never seen this much business, and he attributes the spike to the winter games.

"The awareness of not only sports we currently have but the others like curling and speed skating-- all 4 sports there's been tremendous interest," he says.

From recreational skating to lessons to the competitive levels, Acadianians have flocked to the ice rink.

The Hockeyplex says enrollment for the "Learn to Skate" class and for the beginner's hockey class have both doubled since last year.

 

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