ROCK - Misha Yellowman Averill, 13, set a milestone in her speed
skating career this past weekend at the Indoor Northwest Regional
Championships in Portland, Ore.
won first place in the 12- to 13-year-old girls' competition, her
fourth consecutive title. She plans to compete in the Indoor National
Championships in Lincoln, Neb. July 20-25.
is Tl'aashchí'í (Red Cheek People) born for Japanese.
Her chei is Tódích'íi'nii (Bitter Water Clan)
and her nali is Bilagáana. Her parents are Bebbie Yellowman
Averill, originally of Blanding, Utah, and Richard Earl Averill.
She has one older sister and a younger brother.
were seven other girls in the competition," she said in a telephone
interview Monday. She said first, second and third place winners
get to compete at nationals in three different races - the 300 meters,
500 meters and 1,000 meters.
found the sport interesting when she tried speed skating for her
own enjoyment. Four years ago she decided to take the sport seriously
when she found out there were competitions.
got into the sport myself," she said. "My mom and dad
didn't do anything like this."
to speed skating on ice in the Olympics, she uses in-line skates.
trains seven days a week with a one-mile run, running up and down
stairs and off-track dry land exercise, which is standing in one
place as if skating but stretching to condition the muscles. She
said it helps with form and position as you're skating which is
necessary because to increase speed she needs to crouch low.
she competed in the Outdoor National Road Competition in Colorado
Springs, Colo. She won two silver medals and one bronze medal.
won the silver medals for the 300-meter and 200-meter time trials.
bronze was for the 500-meter sprint race.
the 200-meter time trial was a disappointment for Averill.
was kind of a bummer because I raced the girl before and I beat
her," she said. The first place winner's time was 21:078 seconds
and she clocked in at 21:094 seconds.
her fourth consecutive regional title erased her disappointment
and now she is training for nationals.
of her goals is to earn a spot on the Junior World Olympic Team
for outdoor speed skating and compete in Italy at the world championships.
hobbies include playing the trumpet, drawing and dancing jingle
or fancy shawl at powwows. She will be entering the eighth grade
at Kalles Junior High School in Puyallup, Wash., her hometown, this
said being a straight-A student was hard to do because when she
competes she takes about a week off school. Catching up with her
classmates was difficult but she managed produce high marks on her
in competitions is becoming difficult to finance. To compete at
nationals Averill is seeking sponsorship and donations to pay for
traveling expenses, equipment and registration fees.
an individual sport which means it's a self-supporting sport,"
parents continue to support her goals.
very exciting," Bebbie Yellowman Averill said. "It's a
lot of work and it's very expensive. We do appreciate any kind of
donation or support.
support her 110 percent."
biggest goal is to have the Olympics include in-line speed skating
and to win a gold medal.
can be sent to: Bebbie Yellowman Averill, 506 2nd Ave NE, Puyallup,