Resident Brings Home Silver Speed Skating Medal

Could Alexuz Contreras-Bekele, 12, from Laguna Niguel, be the next Winter Olympics hopeful?

Resident Alexuz Contreras-Bekele, 12, brought home the Silver Medal at the US Speed Skating Age Class National Championships held in Green Bay, Wisc., last week  

She is now the Midget Ladies 2012 Silver Medalist and ranked second in the United States in her age division. Her overall finish was the result of capturing Silver in the 333-meter, Bronze in the 777-meter, and Silver in the 1000-meter races in her first appearance at the USA National Age-Class Short Track Speed Skating Championships.

Bekele is involved in the most obscure sport of Short Track Speed Skating. Just last month she earned her second California State Championship at a competition held in Valencia, making her the 2012 California State Champion in Short Track Speed Skating.  

"Living in Orange County offers me a unique training environment, because ironically most of my training happens on the beach with efforts called 'off ice training' and cycling PCH really helps develop my leg strength when I am not in the ice rink," said Bekele after recent training session.

Bekele trains year-round at DeMorra Speedskating in Lakewood, with world-renowned coach Wilma Boomstra. Boomstra is responsible for training current Olympic, World Cup and Junior World Cup team members J.R. Celski, Sarah Chen, Kyle Uyehara, Jacqueline Chen and Kendal Pumphrey, among others. 

Alexandria Gales Bekele April 01, 2012 at 07:12 AM
Mommy & Gashe [father in Amharic] are VERY proud of you! dedication and striving to be the best is what will make you great...if you continue to be faithful and continue to work hard, your dream of becoming an Olympian will be realized. Love, Mommy & Gashe --- Getaneh & Alexandria Bekele [proud parents]
Nima April 01, 2012 at 04:49 PM
We're so proud Lexi.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) April 01, 2012 at 05:09 PM
@Alex: You should be, it is one heck of an accomplishment!
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) April 01, 2012 at 05:10 PM
@Nima: Way to go Lexi, be sure to keep us up to date on your progress!
Lujean Arnold April 01, 2012 at 06:35 PM
She is a star first on tv and now in the paoer. My granddaughter is amazing, she will go to the olympics.... Honey and Getanah this is worth everything you have had to sacrifice. We should throw a party for her. Way to go... Im a very proud grandma...GOD will help you lexi and give you GOD speed. I love you grandma.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) April 01, 2012 at 08:28 PM
@Lujean: She is a star and right here in our own backyard of Laguna Niguel!


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