Oaks Park Roller Skater Heads To World Championship

Nov. 02, 2013, 7:08 p.m. (ET)

Charles HamblinTomorrow, 14-year-old Charles Hamblin of Portland will strap on his trusty roller skates in Taipei, Taiwan, representing the USA at the 2013 World Roller Figure Skating Championships.

During a recent interview, Hamblin paused from his rehearsal routine to talk about his career. “I started when I was 1½ years old – my mom was teaching ‘Preschool Skate’ here at the Oaks Amusement Park Skating Rink,” Hamblin said. “I just came, and I really enjoyed it.”

This led to him taking beginning roller skating lessons from his mom; and, by age four, he moved over to his current instructor, George Kolibaba. “I’ve been with George ever since.”

It takes a lot of time and work, Hamblin said, “But, I’ve fallen in love with the sport.”

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