Riona Harris: A Female Skater from Atlanta, GA - Achieving Olympic Dreams

Riona Harris is an inspiring female skater from Atlanta, GA who has been on the ice since she was 8 years old. She began her journey at the Atlanta ICEForum and has since become a three-time regional competitor, a two-time National Showcase competitor, and a national solo dance finalist. Riona has also earned the USFS gold medal four times in Moves in the Field, Pattern Dance, Solo Free Dance and Free Dance, and has completed two international dances. In addition to her figure skating career, she has been dancing ballet since she was 3 years old and holds a Ballet certificate for figure skaters. Riona is a member of the Professional Skaters Association (PSA) and teaches group, ballet and stretching classes.

She is also available to provide private classes in all disciplines. As a coach for 20 years, she has had skaters who have done junior-level tests and competed in regionals. She specializes in dance classes with patterns, as well as in basic skills from levels 1 to 6.The Atlanta Figure Skating Club was established when management set aside two hours on Monday nights for a figure skating club to meet. Initially, the club consisted solely of single adults, with only two American figure skating members - Rud Ellis and Robin Watts.

As interest in figure skating grew, a youth club was organized and Fran Pappas taught group classes during the club's time. Megan believes it is absolutely possible for a young figure skater to start in the Atlanta metropolitan area and make it all the way to the Olympics. She coaches to give others an equal opportunity to benefit from having skating in their lives. Riona Harris is an incredible example of what can be achieved with dedication and hard work. Her story is an inspiration to all aspiring figure skaters who dream of competing at the highest level. With her guidance and expertise, young skaters can learn the skills they need to reach their goals.

Alberta Burkhard
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