ice skating

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Roughly 2500 skaters are in Wichita this week to take part in the largest U.S. Figure Skating competition of its kind.

Among the teams competing in the Midwestern and Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships are the Rose City Crystals, from Pasadena, California.

The team, made up of 27 female skaters, arrived in Wichita at 4 a.m. on Wednesday hoping to see snow. It’s the first time they’ve traveled outside of California.

This independence day week, amidst the fireworks and patriotic songs, I’d like to remember a fading American icon: Tonya Harding. Best known for her plot to hire goons to club the legs of rival figure-skater Nancy Kerrigan, she has since become a symbol of blue collar ingenuity.

After narrowly avoiding prison, Tonya set out to reclaim her fame in a series of failed publicity stunts.