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53rd Annual Albert Lea Figure Skating Club Ice Show

Updated: 03/24/2014 1:04 PM
Created: 03/23/2014 9:40 PM KAALtv.com
By: Sean Boswell

(ABC 6 News) -- For some high school seniors, it’s is the end of an era.

"I was 4," said high school senior Erin Murtaugh, skating in her final annual show, “Home on the Rink,” for the Albert Lea Figure Skating Club.

Four is the age Murtaugh was when she started ice skating.

"I was watching Tara Lipinski and my parents were like ‘do you want to do that,’ and I just kind of fell in love with it then, and that's when I started," said Murtaugh.

"I was about 4 and my mom just kind of randomly signed me up and ever since I loved it," said Holly Thompson, also a senior.

Performances like Sunday's are nothing new.

"It's a lot of mental stuff, you got to like put yourself up to it and give it your all, and also physically you got to be pretty strong to do it," said Thompson.

Seeing seniors like this leave the club is always hard for President Mary Beth Heimendinger.

"When they leave it's such a sad moment when a senior graduates and leaves the club, it's neat to see them come all the way through that and see their pictures when they were just starting out," said Heimendinger.

She loves that they can leave on a high note, and show all the hard work they've put in to make the 53rd annual skating show great.

"This is a culmination of about six months of our seasons work. The girls work on their elements for the first three months and after Christmas we start working on show routines and this is just a way to show people everything they've been working on," said Heimendinger.

The show featured 55 skaters from Albert Lea to Mason City to Rochester. The ages of the skaters ranged from as young as 3 to seniors in high school.

55 skaters participated in