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Rocklin girl skates her way to the top

By: Autumn Matz, Placer Herald Correspondent
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Although Hannah Klang of Rocklin has been ice-skating for less than a year, she already has her first win under her belt. Eight-year-old Klang beat out three other skaters to win first place in her category at the Ice Skating Institute World Championships in San Jose. She was awarded first place for her technical routine at the Beta level, which includes routines with maneuvers such as backward stroking, left over right backward crossovers and right t-stops for 8-year-old girls. Klang also received third place in the Drama Spot Beta and fourth place in Theme Spot Alpha, which includes forward stroking, right over left forward crossovers and one-foot snowplow stop. She explained that she originally got involved in ice-skating because of her father, Mark Klang. “My dad told me about it and I said wanted to try it and I just continued to do it,” said Hannah Klang. Hannah Klang said she enjoys skating because of the challenge that is poses among other things. “I like a lot of stuff [about ice skating],” she said. “I like it when it gets hard.” Mark Klang said he enjoyed the experience of watching his daughter compete and win first place, but also expressed his concern. “It was nice [watching her compete],” he said. “When she came out, they introduced her. My biggest fear was that she would fall. I don’t know if she was more scared or I was more scared.” This is the first of many competitions to come for Hannah Klang. She will soon be competing in a show in October and another Ice Skating Institute event in February. She was one of 150 skaters that represented Roseville Skatetown at the World Championships. Her win helped Skatetown beat out teams from 18 different states and three countries to win first place. The scores were based on number of points, number of skaters and where they placed.