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Ashley Whipple is one of many Chicago figure skaters inspired by watching the Winter Olympics.

Winter Olympics inspire young Chicago figure skaters

by Mitch Goldich
Feb 20, 2014

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More than 100 students train with Irma Sveiteryte's Figure Skate Chicago club. They even rent outfits from her own collection.

Every four years, the Winter Olympics drive an increased interest in figure skating. Irma Sveiteryte, who runs Figure Skate Chicago, says her phone has been ringing off the hook.  She explains how the Olympics bring her more students, and students share how watching the Olympics inspires them to skate.