Olympic dream never far from Brubaker
By MAUREEN LYNCH – firstname.lastname@example.org
As soon as Rockne Brubaker opens his eyes each morning, he is reminded.
The five Olympic rings stare Brubaker down, adorning a flag hanging over the 22-year-old’s bed at his home in Colorado Springs, Colo., ensuring that from the moment he wakes until he falls asleep, Olympic glory never is an afterthought.
It has taken a tremendous amount of time, talent and determination to earn the right to dream as big as the Olympics and have the chance to make the dream a reality. And it’s a chance Brubaker, an Algonquin native, never will take for granted.
So Brubaker’s days in Colorado training as an elite figure skater are filled with constant reminders of that Olympic dream, which in a few weeks could become reality.
“I am surrounded by the idea of the Olympics,” said Brubaker, who trains in Colorado Springs with his skating partner, Keauna McLaughlin, and attends the University of Colorado. “I go to the Olympic training center everyday for training and working out, I think about it all the time, and I am constantly reminded of it. The motto of the U. S Olympic Committee is ‘It’s not every four years; it’s every day,’ and I agree. You have to keep your mind focused on the goal and keep working toward the Olympics every single day.”
So each day, Brubaker trains and dreams of the Olympics. And if he and McLaughlin finish well enough at the World Figure Skating Championships in Los Angeles, which begin March 22, Brubaker might be able to stop dreaming and start celebrating. ( More...Collapse )