Young Missouri speed skater has eyes set on Olympics

1 year 7 months 1 week ago December 06, 2015 Dec 6, 2015 Sunday, December 06 2015 Sunday, December 06, 2015 4:42:00 PM CST in Sports
By: Abby Rice, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - Anna Quinn feels at home on the ice. 

"It's my happy place I would say," she said.

Just a year after placing third at nationals, the St. Louis teenager and short track speed skater has her sights set on making the Junior World Team. 

"I grew up on the rink, so I was a rink rat as they say," Quinn said. "I just started loving it and I started skating and now I do it everyday." 

Anna said she also has Olympic dreams, but she is focusing on one meet at a time.  

"Right now, my goal is just to make the Junior World Team which is kind of big for kids under 18," she said. 

Anna's older brother, Ian, is skating in the World Cup circuit for the U.S. National Team. However, Anna's dad, Dan Quinn, prefers a seat in the stands. 

"No, I can't hardly stand on the things [skates]," Dan Quinn said. "This is their sport. I wanted runners and golfers and I got skaters. You go where they take you." 

Dan Quinn's children have taken him all across the country with speed skating. He said he has spent the last fifteen years carting his kids to speed skating practices, meets and camps. 

"A lot of time, but a lot of time with your kids, so even if they don't go anywhere, the special part about traveling to meets is that you get one-on-one with your kids," Quinn said. "They unplug the headphones and eventually they have to talk."

Dan Quinn also works as the president for the Missouri Speedskating Association. Dan said spending the time with his kids is the special part of speed skating for him.

"You have dinners together," Quinn said. "You share hotel rooms together, so that makes it fun."

Dan said he does get a little nervous watching his kids speed around the rink.

"When they're little, it's okay, but as a parent when they get older and start going faster,  you're on the edge of your seat," he said. 

However, Dan said watching his kids grow up on the ice is priceless. 

"Then to watch the commitment as they get better and go from somebody that's rough and failing to somebody that's very smooth and skilled," he said. "It's a neat transition to watch as a parent."

 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - A community based organization that provides tutoring services, dance classes, and other skills to children in Columbia is... More >>
50 minutes ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 2:42:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Welcome Home had the grand opening of its new facility Thursday morning. It offers 32 rooms with 34... More >>
1 hour ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 1:43:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's order that Missouri taxpayers pay more than $156,000... More >>
1 hour ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 1:42:54 PM CDT in News
ROLLA - A drug deal turned violent Wednesday night, leaving a woman hospitalized with a gunshot wound to her head.... More >>
4 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 11:08:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY — The Jefferson City Police Department is looking for two teenagers who reportedly went missing in the area... More >>
4 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 10:59:00 AM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA — Columbia Police are investigating a home invasion and armed robbery at the Campus View apartment complex Wednesday night.... More >>
5 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 10:07:00 AM CDT in News
ST. JOSEPH (AP) — Authorities say three people have been wounded in a shooting at a St. Joseph apartment complex.... More >>
6 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 9:18:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 27-year-old St. Louis jail inmate is hospitalized in critical condition after being found beaten in... More >>
6 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 9:06:00 AM CDT in News
SULLIVAN, Mo. (AP) — Thousands of ticks have been collected for testing from a Missouri park after a worker died... More >>
6 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 8:42:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - If you live in southwest Columbia, the city has a suggested watering schedule that might affect you. ... More >>
6 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 8:35:00 AM CDT in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - Authorities are asking for help in locating a missing man who is considered endangered. James Hanberry... More >>
6 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 8:34:00 AM CDT in News
NORTHMOOR, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors have filed charges against a man accused of driving off in a suburban Kansas City... More >>
8 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 7:18:00 AM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a man is being questioned in the death of a woman in southwest Missouri.... More >>
8 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 7:14:00 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri appellate court says a judge's blocking an ethics panel from requiring a conservative... More >>
8 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 7:09:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A sentencing hearing will enter its second day Thursday for a 27-year-old man found guilty of raping three... More >>
17 hours ago July 19, 2017 Jul 19, 2017 Wednesday, July 19 2017 Wednesday, July 19, 2017 9:46:00 PM CDT in News
FULTON - After two months of discussion, MU Health announced it will sell its 35 percent stake in the Fulton... More >>
20 hours ago July 19, 2017 Jul 19, 2017 Wednesday, July 19 2017 Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:34:00 PM CDT in News
Note: Above you will find the story that aired as well as full interviews with Linda Godwin and Alex Young.... More >>
21 hours ago July 19, 2017 Jul 19, 2017 Wednesday, July 19 2017 Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:10:00 PM CDT in Eclipse Science
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republicans are coalescing around Attorney General Josh Hawley as their favored candidate to challenge... More >>
22 hours ago July 19, 2017 Jul 19, 2017 Wednesday, July 19 2017 Wednesday, July 19, 2017 5:21:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 98°
4pm 98°
5pm 98°
6pm 97°
7pm 95°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

3:00p
Dr. Phil
4:00p
Jeopardy!
4:30p
Jeopardy!
3:00p
The Robert Irvine Show
4:00p
Cops Reloaded
4:30p
The Cleveland Show

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Hollywood Game Night
8:00p
The Wall
9:00p
The Night Shift
7:00p
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
8:00p
Hooten & the Lady
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld