By MARC LAROCQUE / Taunton Gazette / December 1, 2013
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — A roller skater from Taunton came home from Taiwan as a world championship medal winner.
Taunton’s Katelyn Rodgers, along with her skating partner Spencer Swetnam, earned bronze medals for their performances during the junior class team dance competition at the World Roller Figure Skating Championships in Tapei City.
‘‘I thought we skated very well,’’ said Rodgers, 18, who is a student at Boston College. ‘‘My coach and partner feel the same way. We are very proud of the way we skated.’’
Rodgers and Swetnam, a 19-year-old skater from Portland, Ore., whom she met in 2011 at a national competition, came in third behind two teams from Italy, a country known for producing world-class figure roller skaters.
‘‘I think it’s really good to be the next runner up behind Italy,’’ said Rodgers, who came back after the award ceremony on Nov. 9.
‘‘They are known as a really good figure roller skating country. They get paid to skate. Schools are canceled when they have a competition there. They are like celebrities. Being the next team to place after them was extremely exciting.’’
Rodgers has been training as a figure roller skater since she was 8 years old, practicing at the Silver City Sports Complex in Taunton.
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