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Skating came almost naturally for Arlington 9-year-old Piper Alberson when she first put on roller skates about two years ago.

Now, she has four speed-skating national records, six gold medals and a “dream sponsorship.”

“I feel great, like in a dream,” said Piper, a rising fifth-grader at Donelson Elementary in Arlington.

She said nothing else matters when she skates. “You can’t really hear anybody cheering for you. It’s like you can’t hear anything. Your brain’s talking to you and telling you what to do.”

Piper competed at the U.S. Roller Speed Skating American Championships in Colorado Springs in mid-June and walked away holding national records for the 100-, 500- and 700-meter races for rookie girls 6-9 years old and the 700-meter for elite girls 8-9 years old.

Piper clocked in at 13.171 seconds for the 100-meter race, 58.765 seconds for the 500-meter race and 1 minute, 8.879 seconds for the 700-meter race.

Arlington native Piper Alberson, a Donelson Elementary 5th grader, won six gold medals and broke four national records in speed skating. Alberson plans to continue competing in national competitions.

She also won six gold medals in rookie divisions, two silver medals in the professional competitions and got her “dream sponsorship” from Missouri-based TCK Skate Supply, a skating goods store.

“I was so excited, I just couldn’t believe it,” Piper said. “I felt pretty good about myself.”

“We’re so proud of her. She’s worked hard for all of this,” said Julie Alberson, Piper’s mom.


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By: Dima Amro, Memphis Commercial Appeal