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USA’s 17-Year-Old Figure Skating Prodigy Reflects on the Most “Heartwarming” Gift Received From a Fan

Published 03/19/2024, 1:19 AM EDT

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This year in January, Isabeau Levito had to face heartbreak from national compatriot Amber Glenn in the US figure skating championship. The 23-year-old veteran earned her first take on the national title while Isabeau Levito had to lose her reign on that. Despite facing three falls and a demotion in medal-earning on that day, the 17-year-old figure skater backed her “learning experience” there.

After a gap of two months, Isabeau Levito is on the same team as Amber Glenn, eyeing a Team USA medal in the 2024 World Figure Skating Championships. But before that, the teenager narrated some beautiful experiences received from the game so far. The teenager has already claimed some coveted titles in figure skating. But to her, a thorough fan love posed to be equally riveting. 

The figure skating sport nourishes the fans’ love 

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Before heading to the Bell Centre in Montreal for the World Figure Skating Championships, Isabeau rejoiced in the fan support she has been receiving these days. Eventually, in an interview with Olympics.com, the teenage champion claimed that fans are already gifting her crocheted plushies after learning about her hobby of crocheting. But among all those special largesse, Isabeau Levito recollected one special occasion that happened in Skate America. She received a special note there along with a beige. The unparalleled present moved her so much that she did something extraordinary afterwards. 

“… it had a little note with it too and it was so cute to read the note and see it. I have it in my room because it just means so much to me,” the 5x Grand Prix medalist conceded. With that, the figure skating pro also sent pleasant words for the beige gift. “It must have taken hours to make”,  Isabeau Levito claimed. Surely, such a fan love will motivate her to etch her mark firmly on the figure skating ring. In the upcoming days, the former national champion will need a relentless performance for many reasons. 

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Team USA’s figure skating bunch is eyeing the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milano Cortina. So to save a place in that Olympic squad, the rush is already there as several monumental individuals are making their comebacks. The 2x national champion Alysa Lieu has already announced her intention for the upcoming days. On the other hand, Bradie Tennell is eyeing her spot after spending months away from the sport because of an injury. However, Levito has backed her chance in this battle. 

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“I just want to skate the way I know I can skate, and I just want to be happy with how I skated”, she argued. Moreover, she has to fill in the expectations of her fans. That one part kept her motivated after her defeat to Amber Glenn this year. “When I was looking into the crowd, I just thought of how much they seem to love me and how heartwarming that felt,” Isabeau claimed to Olympics.com. Now, the Bell Centre battle would be her chance to prove her mettle in front of the fans. 

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Prasun Chakrabarty

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Prasun Chakrabarty is an Olympic Sports Writer for EssentiallySports, who specializes in covering aquatic arena events. Post his experiences with popular publications including PinkVilla, Prasun began his days in ES, by actively covering two prime events - 2023 US Open Swimming Championships and the 2024 TYR Pro Swim Series. Prasun's coverage extends beyond the pool, and he takes specific interest in the progress of the triangular rivalry between track and field stars, Sha’Carri Richardson, Shericka Jackson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. You can follow him on:-
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