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Rye teen figure skater glides to the championships
Fourteen-year-old Netta Schreiber landed two of her first triple lutzes Thursday at the Westchester Skating Academy in Elmsford.
"It's because she knows the media is here," said Schreiber's choreographer, Michela Boschetto. The Rye teenager had been practicing the jump for the past few weeks, but had been unable to perfectly execute it until her routine was being captured by a Newsday videojournalist.
Shreiber, who has been skating competitively since she was 7, is training for the Junior World Figure Skating in February.
Schrieber started homeschooling in the fall to spend more time on the ice. She said she doesn't think of all the hard work as a sacrifice. "I miss having friends and stuff, but I get more time to train, and do what I love," she explained.
"It's not all about the costumes and makeup," said Schreiber, who calls herself a "perfectionist."
Boschetto, a former Olympic trainer, said Schreiber has "a gift ... to be able to turn feeling pressure into positive energy to perform better."
Boschetto and her husband, Gilberto Viadana, a two-time Olympian, have high hopes for Schreiber standing on the Olympic podium one day. "The determination of Netta of reaching her goal of becoming the best skater she could be is really the highlight," Viadana said.