RIF: It takes a lot of practice to be a champion figure skater. When do you find the time to read?
Rachael Flatt: My schedule is pretty hectic, but I do find time on weekends to read. I also read when I am traveling for skating competitions, and of course during the summer!
RIF: If you could be any book character, who would you want to be? Why?
RF: I would like to be Lucy Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia, as her character is very brave, creative, curious, and willing to take chances and explore the unknown. Sometimes in skating, you have to step beyond what you are comfortable with, much like Lucy does in Narnia.
RIF: You've traveled all over the world. What's the coolest place you've been?
RF: I have traveled internationally quite a bit for skating, but my favorite trip was a visit to Italy a couple of years ago. I went with my junior high class to Venice, Pisa, Vinci, Florence, and Rome. We saw Leonardo da Vinci's home, the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Forum, the Coliseum... and the food was fabulous, too!
RIF: Do you think reading helps you to be a better ice skater? How?
RF: Reading allows me to take my mind off my daily training regimen. It also helps my ability to focus on a specific task, which is really helpful for skating.
RIF: What advice do you have for kids who are interested in getting involved with ice skating?
RF: No matter what sport or extracurricular activity you choose, you have to have FUN. I absolutely love skating! And yes, it is hard work to train six days a week and balance my school work, but I love skating!