Katelyn Horning broke her collarbone and upper arm skating two years ago. Last year she dislocated her kneecap.
As Horning puts it, she hasn't "had the best luck in the last couple years."
Until now, of course.
While some of her peers are here in Rowan County, going through two-a-day practices to prepare for fall sports seasons, Horning is doing two-a-days of her own. But she's doing so on a much larger scale.
One of the best inline speed skaters in the nation, Horning left Salisbury for Colorado Springs, Colo., last Friday to train for the 2008 World Roller Speed Skating Championships in Gijon, Spain. Along with the other 23 members of the U.S. world team, she'll be in Colorado for another two weeks, training six-to-eight hours a day before leaving for Spain on Aug. 26.
"Outdoor is where the world level is," said Horning, a 17-year-old rising senior at Salisbury High who's been skating indoors since she was 10 and outdoors the last three years. "I've had a few spills and falls and broken bones — it all comes with the outdoor. It's a lot more aggressive and intense.
"It really puts it into context. It makes you want to push through it. It makes you realize how dedicated you are to what you do."
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