Figure skaters compete in 42nd annual skating competition

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The 42nd annual Northland Figure Skating Competition was held Duluth Saturday afternoon.

The event welcomed nearly 400 skaters from the upper Midwest and Canada. All of which competed at the DECC and Amsoil Arenas, showcasing a wide variety of different skills.

"My hope for today is that all of our competitors that come with their families, have a great time, cheer on your competitor, and give your coaches lots of hugs. Say thank you for all the hard work they have put in," said Lea Scudamore, the Marketing Chair of the event.

Lea Scudamore’s daughter Ellie, was also competing in the event.

"I usually skate abut two hours a day, and four days a week," Ellie said.

When asked about how she controls her nerves during the competition she had this to say.

"So there are these things called butterflies right. So you take them out of your stomach, and you just throw them at your parents. They take the butterflies and they give them back to you after your done skating. So that’s how I keep my nerves down," concluded Ellie.