Couple of figure skaters dreaming of participating in the Winter Olympics in 2026
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) – Winning Olympic gold in 2026 is one of the goals of two Fort Wayne figure skaters.
Cayla Smith and Andy Deng have been a team for about two years now. It started at a young age for both of them and they say they love the sport so much.
They both told ABC21 if they did the Olympics…it would be a surreal moment
“That would be pretty crazy. I mean, it’s been my dream since I started and working until it would be really cool to make it happen,” Smith said.
“Honestly, it would be a really good experience to kind of say, ‘I went to the Olympics’.” That’s pretty cool, Smith said.
Over the next four years, they say it’s going to be hard work.
“Being consistent with triple twists, triple throws, triple jumps, all so we can be competitive,” Smith said.
“I would say twists where I throw it over my head and have to catch it, then it takes a lot of strength and coordination, so it’s hard to get it right most of the time,” Deng said.
Time on the ice is essential and their head coach Alena Lunin says she is blessed to coach these two
“They both have chemistry in the pair team. You could be such a great talent, but you have to fit together and you have to have chemistry. It’s something this team has and I’m very lucky and lucky and lucky enough to work with them.
Smith says that in just two years she skated in Fort Wayne, she’s grown a lot. With the help of his coaches and Deng, and that growth will continue until the day they bring home the gold.
“To make all these friends through sport and of course all the accomplishments through sport that we’ve made nationally and all of that is pretty rewarding,” Smith said.
Deng and Smith say they placed in the pairs final in Allen, Texas in 2020 and also took first place in 2021 at a virtual event around the world. They say there are quite a few steps to reach the Olympics, but that won’t stop them from hoping to win gold in 2026.
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