Aubrey Orcutt, a member of Redwood Artistic Club in Redwood City, began skating at one year old with her parents who are coaches. Aubrey skates on both inline and quad-style artistic skates. Last year, Aubrey won the first place trophy for the Ladies' Artistic Inline competition at the 1998 Gold Skate Classic. At the 1998 US National Championships Aubrey won gold in both Ladies' In-line Singles, in which she competed against skaters much older that she was, and in Freshmen Girls' Singles on standard "quad" skates. She and her partner, Bill Galvin placed 3rd at the 1998 US Nationals in Freshman Pairs."#0000FF"vlink="#0000FF"


2000 World Roller Skating: Junior Pairs Free Skate


Aubrey at Inline Nationals 2000





Back and forth

For Aubrey Orcutt, roller skating has played a major role in her life almost since birth. The daughter of Lorry and Kenny Orcutt of Redwood City, Calif., the 18-year-old said she's been on skates since she was just a year old.

"My parents have always skated so I just went right into it," she said. "They both are coaches and manage a rink in Redwood City, so my whole life has been in the rink. When I was little I had to skate, but I love it and have stayed with it since."

Skating has been a natural fit for both Orcutt, and her older sister, Jennifer, both of whom have represented the United States at the World Figure Skating Championships the past several years.

Skating with William Galvin at the 2000 World Championships in
Springfield, Mass., Aubrey Orcutt and Galvin won the silver medal for their performance in the Junior World Class Pairs competition. Last year in Florence, Italy, she and Robert Hines finished fourth in the overall pairs standings.

The past two years at nationals, Orcutt has also just missed qualifying for the Junior World Team in the freestyle competition by placing third in the event. In the Junior World Class division, only the top two finishers compete at the world championships. At the
World Class level, the top three finishers compete at worlds.

While much of her focus has been competing with traditional quad skates, Orcutt also has been competing on in-line skates. The quieter and sleeker three-wheel in-line skates have been slow to catch on with the traditionalists of the sport. However, this year will mark the first time that open in-line freestyle competition will be included at the world championships in Wuppertal, Germany.

The international governing body of roller sports, the Federation Internationale de Roller Sports, was quick to recognize the dramatic change in-line skates made to speed skating and hockey at the international level, but in-lines have met, and continue to meet, resistance in figure skating.

Now, after much debate, figure skaters have an opportunity to compete at worlds on in-lines. Orcutt, the defending national champion in Open Women's In-line Freestyle, is looking forward to the prospects of winning medals at this year's worlds on in-lines and quad skates.
She and Hines have already captured the silver medal in Junior World Class Pairs, qualifying for next month's world championships.

"I've competed about four years on in-lines, but I've actually been skating on them for the past six years," said Orcutt. "I stopped for about a year, but have been back skating on them since."

During the Open Women's In-line elimination Monday morning, Orcutt said for the most part she was happy with her routine.

"I've been having a little trouble with one of my harder jumps, but I
hit it in the routine, so that's good," she said.

Orcutt grew up on quad skates, which to her are like wearing her everyday shoes, and there's no problem making the switch to in-lines.

"You adjust to it and it's no big deal," she said. "It's not a problem going back and forth between the different skates."

Orcutt is quick to attribute her skating skills her parents.

"They basically made me what I am," she said. "They taught me my whole life in skating, so everything I can do is thanks to them."

For her parents, who have skated most of their lives, it's always been a dream for their daughters to make the world team.

"We both came close, within two placements, but my kids have far surpassed any expectations I ever had," said Lorry. "They're incredible and what's better is they're beautiful."

Lorry said she and her husband, who was unable to attend this year's nationals, have always tried to making skating fun, in addition to work. "We tried to keep it in perspective, and not be our entire life."

Aubrey Orcutt, who will be making her third trip to a world championships, said it's has been exciting to be part of Team USA the past two years.

"It's really neat to meet all the different people, and to get to see all the different things is a lot of fun," she said.

While Orcutt has reached many of her goals in skating, she still looks to qualify for Team USA's freestyle team. Missing the junior team the past two years by one placement, Orcutt moves next year to the senior world competition, but the goal remains the same ... make the world freestyle team.

"I missed it by one the last two years, so hopefully I'll make it next year," she said.

While she's the defending national freestyle champion on in-lines, Orcutt said quad skates are still her favorite.

After all, that's what she grew up on.



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