The Clackamas youth earns silver in solo dance

Clackamas 18-year-old Courtney Richardson did herself proud at the recent USA Roller Sports National Championships for artistic roller skating, capturing a silver medal for a third-place finish in senior solo dance.

“It was her first ever medal at nationals that she earned by herself,” said Courtney’s mom, Tiffany McKinnon. “All her other medals were in precision. She was pretty excited.”

The Oaks Skating Club, of which Courtney Richardson is a member, fared well at this year’s nationals, earning medals in 24 events.

Richardson also coached at the nationals, teaming up with her mom and Cindy White to coach an Oaks junior precision team to sixth place.

“They did good,” said McKinnon. “I think they all want to skate (junior precision) again next year. They were quite a bit younger than most of the teams there.... They had a lot of fun and they made new friends.”

McKinnon said the goal next year will be to perfect a more difficult junior precision routine, “with more backwards stuff and more difficult stuff.”

Clackamas 13-year-old Caitlin Richardson and Happy Valley 14-year-old Adelaide Holenstein were two of the older girls on this year’s junior precision team.

Milwaukie 16-year-old Corey Kolibaba placed sixth at nationals in freshmen/sophomore B mens figures.

The national championships were held in late July and early August in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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