Saskatchewan. figure skater wins silver medal in Germany
A figure skater from Dubuc, Sask. and her partner are back from the Bavarian Figure Skating Open in Germany after placing second in junior pairs with their long program.
Marty Haubrich, 20, and Summer Homick, 14, have been skating together since April 2021 and have competed in a handful of competitions since.
They say the performance they made in Germany was their personal best.
“Just having this feeling like, ‘yeah, we nailed that,’ like as soon as the music ended, some of that feeling rushed over me,” Haubrich said.
“Just that final position where I took that last breath,” Homick added, “it was such a relief and I think we really wanted to introduce it and it was really good that we did.”
Before teaming up last spring, Homick, a native of Tillsonburg, Ont., was a singles skater.
“It’s good to be on the ice with someone else, there’s a whole other scale of opportunity to pair up, singles are a lot more alone and I like working with another person” , Homick said of the change.
Earlier this month, the duo placed second at the Junior Nationals in Ottawa and just missed out on qualifying for worlds this year.
Next year the hope is to qualify for higher competitions and compete on more international stages, with the long-term goal of the 2026 Winter Games.
Being from small towns, Haubrich and Homick feel the support of their communities.
“They’re almost like you’re extended family, so you always get a lot of good luck messages or congratulations,” Haubrich said.
The pair are reorganizing for next season and will continue to train for the upcoming season, spending five days a week on the ice in Ontario.