Coral Springs figure skaters named to U.S. teams

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Andrew Torgashev won’t be resting on achieving his first junior national figure skating championship.

The rising star from Coral Springs is busy preparing to take on the world.

Torgashev, who dominated the recent junior men’s competition at nationals in Greensboro, N.C., received the text he’d been hoping for informing him of selection as one of three members of the U.S. team that will compete in the Junior World Championships, March 2-8 at Tallinn, Estonia.

“It’s just a great feeling, but it’s just a small steppingstone out of a lot of my other goals,” said Torgashev, who has his sights on the 2018 Olympics. “Right now I’m just not paying attention to who I will be competing against, no matter how good they are. I’m just going to be training for myself and going to go out there and do exactly what I did at Nationals.”

Torgashev set a record for junior men at nationals with a personal-best score of 225.24. The youngest competitor in the field, at 13, he won by nearly 32 points.

Torgashev, who also won U.S. titles at the juvenile and intermediate levels, already has international experience as a junior. Last fall he skated for the U.S. in junior grand prix events in the Czech Republic, where he placed fourth, and at Tallinn, where he was fifth. So he is already familiar with the venue for junior worlds.

“There’s an old town with cobblestone streets, and it’s really beautiful. It’s right next to a port and looking out onto the ocean with all the ships, and the weather is great,” he said.

The eighth grader at North Broward Prep enjoys taking breaks from skating at the beach here, but he will be spending most of his time over the next month on the ice at Panthers IceDen getting ready for his return to Estonia.

“The confidence is great that I won, but I can’t let it get to my head and let myself feel that everything is easy and that I don’t have to work hard any more. I still have to keep on working,” he said.