On Thin Ice

Sam Chambers
Benjamin Shou '16 glides through the Regionals in his quest for a three-peat appearance at the National USFSA Prudential Figure Skating Championships.
Benjamin Shou made a statement this past weekend to get back to the Nationals by finishing second and scoring a personal best at the US Southwestern Regional Figure Skating Championships.  The regional nine-states competition is a qualifier for Sectionals, a final step before the national venue.  The top four skaters out of each level in each region will move on to compete in three Sectional events and eventually to the 2014 USFSA Prudential Figure Skating Championships.

Shou made it to Nationals twice, once in 2011 and once in 2012, placing 14th and 6th respectively. This year's sectionals is in a month, and Shou is trying to reach his goal of making it back. 

"At regionals, I did not have a great short program," said Shou.   "I did have a great long program, and my total score was a personal best." 

Shou missed first place by 2 points.

Benjamin trains six days a week on an off the ice averaging four hours per day.

"The first time I stepped on the ice, I was 6," said Shou.  "Ill be working extremely hard in the next month for sectionals, and hopefully for Nationals as well!"