Sophie Stevens relished chance to compete at home in Winter Games

Sophie Stevens of the Fort St. John Figure Skating Club felt the home-town boost at the B.C. Winter Games last weekend. Though the figure skating events were held at the Taylor Arena, Stevens had a full section of fans cheering for her each time she was on the ice. 

“Normally, you just get cheers from your team, but to have a whole section cheering for me each time I was out there was a thrill,” Stevens said.

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Stevens’ goal heading into the games was to get personal bests in both her short program and long program. While she struggled to start her short program, finishing in 16th place, she was right around her best score in the long. She had a score of 30.32 to finish the long program in 15th spot and 15th in the pre-novice women’s figure skating event overall.

“It was a lot of fun. Not the best results I’ve ever had, but my goal was to take in the experience and enjoy it and I absolutely did,” said Stevens.

Stevens had the unique opportunity to be one of the few Zone 8 athletes selected to carry the banner into the opening ceremonies. 

"It was so cool to be a part of that, and just see everyone supporting us and all the athletes in one place together," Stevens said.

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca

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