August 11, 2022
  • August 11, 2022

10-Year-Old NEO Girl Wins National Roller Skating Championship

By on July 21, 2022 0

LORAIN, Ohio — Ariel Burger has been rollerblading since he was 3 years old.

“I was against the wall that was falling everywhere and I was like, ‘Mom, I want to come here every day!’ Ariel said.

Now, at 10, she is a national champion.

“I was super excited. I was crying,” Ariel said.

Of course, these are good tears. Ariel beat twelve other girls – the top skaters from seven regions across the country – to win gold at the Juvenile Women’s Freestyle Championship in Lincoln, Nebraska.

“Everyone was so excited. Miss Brenda, my teacher, was so excited. I was so excited. My mom was so excited,” Ariel said.

“I knew she was good. She had won some of the local competitions with this routine and also some regional ones, but to see her at the nationals, with all the winners from all seven regions, we just couldn’t believe it. We were so proud,” said Ariel’s mother, Adrianne Burger.

Ariel spent 10 months preparing her winning routine, but the dream really started when she was on the other side of the glass at the Nationals last year.

“She says, ‘I’ll tell you something. I’ll be on that podium next year.’ She said, “I’m going to work so hard that I can’t miss it.” I was like, ‘Deal!’ We shook hands and it was really, really sweet, but she did – she stayed focused all year,” Ariel’s trainer Brenda Massey said.

Ariel trains three hours a day, several times a week. Now she has a lot to show for it. She also won bronze in the creative and show team events.

Carly Mascitti is a sports anchor at News 5 Cleveland. Follow her on Twitter @carlymascitti.

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