GREENSBORO, N.C -- A Thomasville teen is one of the best figure skaters in the state. Jessica Tran is 13-years-old and can remember when she first started skating.
“I was like 3 or 4-years-old and my mom watched skaters on TV and I wanted to be just like them, so my mom took me here for group ice. When I stepped on the ice I just wanted to learn more,” explains Jessica, a competitive figure skater.
Jessica is proving she’s tough on the ice and in life.
Last year around this same time her dad had a stroke. He’s still in the hospital.
“I know at times things are on her mind but she doesn’t let it get to her and she pushes through. I know this sport is tough even in the best of situations. It’s tough for a family to shoulder the expense,” explains Lance Travis, Jessica’s coach.
Jessica has been in the big competitions and proven she has the skills.
“She is the best single skater I have taught,” says Travis.
Jessica has her eyes set on making it to the 2015 Nationals which will be held at the Greensboro Coliseum and then bigger dreams after that. “One day [I am] going to the Olympics if I practice hard.”
Jessica will be performing at the FOX8 Holiday concert this weekend at the Greensboro Coliseum.
If you want to help Jessica, her family, or other local skaters you can donate to:
Summit Figure Club Skater Fund
5835 Cardinal Way
Greensboro, N.C. 27410