November 2003

Focusing on Success, Ann Patrice McDonough

Ann Patrice McDonough was only 3 when she started skating, but she knew right away what she liked most about the sport. She liked the idea of performing in front of an audience and hearing her program music over the rink speakers. Most of all, she liked to compete.

Meant to Skate

McDonough is 18 now and her tune hasn't changed. She remains a fierce competitor and is beginning to establish herself as one of the top skaters in the United States. And instead of skating in front of small crowds at public sessions, she's grabbing the attention of audiences at major competitions around the world.

"I like competing better than I like training," said McDonough, the 2002 World Junior champion who finished fourth at the 2003 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships. "I just like the rush of going out there on the ice when there's a crowd and they clap."

McDonough, who was born in Korea and moved to the United States when she was 14 months old, began skating at public sessions at the rink that used to be part of the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo. McDonough, known by her close friends as "A.P.," had been roller skating before and jumped at the chance to figure skate when her mother took her by the hotel one day.

"She saw the ice and said, 'Mommy, can I do that, too?'" said McDonough's mother, Julie.

Julie, who grew up in a small town in Korea and had never been ice skating before, said she wasn't sure what she was starting that afternoon at the Broadmoor. But it quickly became apparent that her daughter was meant to be on the ice. Shortly after McDonough began public lessons, she was stroking around the rink herself.

Read more about Ann Patrice McDonough in the November issue of SKATING.

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