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Gambill’s pupils young but talented

by Jim Alexander, for The Press-Enterprise
 
From left, Shotoro Omori, Tyler Pierce, Amy Lin, Vincent Zhou. (Staff photo: Stan Lim)

From left, Shotoro Omori, Tyler Pierce, Amy Lin, Vincent Zhou. (Staff photo: Stan Lim)

RIVERSIDE — Tammy Gambill has coached figure skating champions before. But weeks like the one she and her skaters spent in Omaha, for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships Jan. 21-27, are the types from which spring daydreams of Olympic medal podiums.

It can’t be helped.

“For some of them, it’s very realistic,” Gambill said. “It’s just a matter of time.”

Tammy Gambill (center), with the 10 skaters she took to the recent U.S. National Figure Skating Championships. Back: Sean Rabbitt, Philip Warren, Shotaro Omori, Richard Dornbush. Middle row: Tyler Pierce, Elizabeth Nguyen, Vincent Zhou, Amy Lin. Front row: Ai Setoyama, Caitlin Nguyen. (Staff photo: Stan Lim)

Tammy Gambill (center), with the 10 skaters she took to the recent U.S. National Figure Skating Championships. Back: Sean Rabbitt, Philip Warren, Shotaro Omori, Richard Dornbush. Middle row: Tyler Pierce, Elizabeth Nguyen, Vincent Zhou, Amy Lin. Front row: Ai Setoyama, Caitlin Nguyen. (Staff photo: Stan Lim)

Amy Lin – 2013 US Figure Skating Championships Novice Ladies Free Skate

Amy Lin – 2013 US Figure Skating Championships Novice Ladies Short Program

Commentaries on Novice Ladies Short Program for 2013 US National Championships

Amy Lin, who is the youngest skater in this competition (she just turned thirteen in November), finished in second place in the short program with a score of 44.86. Like Pierce, Lin chose to skate to the soundtrack of a feature length cartoon, “Kung Fu Panda.” The gold medalist at the 2012 Pacific Regionals demonstrated a playful martial arts style that matched her music well. All of her elements received positive grades of execution. The highlight of her routine was her blazingly fast, martial arts – themed step sequence, choreographed for her by Justin Dillon and Cindy Stuart.

 by Doris Spicer Pulaski, to Ice Skating International