Hundreds of figure skaters compete at the Rochester Recreation Center

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – It’s a winter tradition around the world – figure skating!

The Rochester Figure Skating Club hosted its 33rd Annual Hiawathaland Open competition.

This two and a half day event kicked off Friday morning.

There were 330 figure skaters from about seven different states in town for the competition and even a few international skaters.

In that mix, there’s an array of different styles competing from freestyle, dance, showcase and even synchronized team skating events.

Skaters say a lot of time and effort goes into preparing for competitions.

“It’s a lot of mental and physical confidence you need to have. So you have to work on it over time. We skate two maybe two and half hours a day, maybe one,” Rochester Skater Payton Keppler said. “Depending on the day, some days we have off ice training, on ice classes to help us build more tricks and moves than we had before.”

To catch the action in person, the competition picks back up Saturday at 8 a.m. Admission is free!

Beret Leone

Beret Leone

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