TTUISD Allows Student to Follow Olympic Dreams

by CAITLIN HOGGE

March 20, 2014

Ashley Cain, a TTUISD senior, has been a figure skater for about 14 years and is a member of the USA Figure Skating Team. She has represented Team USA at competitions in Great Britain, Czech Republic, South Korea, Latvia, Romania, France, Russia, Germany, Canada and the USA, while still working toward earning her high school diploma. She won four national medals: two golds and two silvers.

Ashley lives in Coppell, Texas, and trains in Euless, Texas, with her parents, Peter and Darlene, as her coaches. She has been a student with TTUISD since she began high school, which has allowed her to balance extensive training with her desire to graduate from high school.

Q: When did you start figure skating?

A: I started skating at two years of age when my parents took me outdoors in Ottawa, Canada, to skate with my brother who was only three. I started skate school at four years of age and began private lessons at age five.

Q: What is your favorite aspect of participating in figure skating?

A: Figure skating has given me the opportunity to travel all over the world. It has allowed me to meet many people and compete in countries with completely different cultures from ours. I love being on the ice and feeling in complete control. I feel free, able to express myself, and peaceful. It is where everything makes sense.

Q: How did you hear about TTUISD and why did you decide to enroll?

A: I heard about TTUISD from Coppell High School. In the 9th grade I knew I was going to miss at least 35 days travelling and competing. We approached the counselor there and they suggested TTUISD. They endorsed the program and helped me set everything up. It allows me to train at a high level as well as complete my studies. Between skating, off ice conditioning, and my studies, I am going non-stop six days a week.

Q: Tell us about your experience with TTUISD.

A: My experience with TTUISD has been superb. My schedule is very difficult. I am constantly doing school and training everyday. I get five hours of school done each day. I have been able to talk to my teachers and work out a way to get it all done. Even though it is tough, I have not been stressed. This has truly allowed me to pursue my dreams to at train at the highest possible level and get a good education. You do not have to sacrifice one for the other.

Q: What has been your favorite class? Why?

A: My favorite class has been psychology. With figure skating, I use a lot of mental skills to get trough each element both in practice and competition. It is great to learn why our mind and bodies work the way they do and how I can mentally apply myself more to my sport.

Q: Do you have any advice for future TTUISD students?

A: My advice for TTUISD students would be to push yourself and make yourself stay on top of your work to meet your deadlines. It is very easy to fall behind so you have to be organized and dedicated. If you keep a balanced schedule and accept all the help that TTUISD supplies you with, then you will be successful.

Q: What are your plans for the future?

A: My plans for the future are to go as far as I can with my skating. I want to represent USA on the World Team. I would like to do a lot more travelling as a professional with an ice show when I am done with my amateur career. As far as my studies, I want to possibly go into sports psychology or nutrition or something that relates to good health.

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