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11-year-old Franklin figure skater has Olympic dreams

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Catherine Harris Catherine Harris

There are millions of young athletes watching the Winter Olympics and dreaming of having their chance, and that includes a gifted 11-year-old figure skater in Franklin, TN.

With her pretty smile, inner toughness and flowing talent, Catherine Harris could one day be skating for a gold medal on the world stage.

"I've probably fallen a million, trillion, thousand times but I never give up," she said. "Every day I go out there and give it my all."

That gives you a little glimpse of Catherine's determination.

"Skaters fall down. She probably falls about 30 times a day," said skating coach Laura Sanders. "She put some big pads in where she can fall down comfortably. She's very athletic - quick-twitch muscles - she's beautiful and very, very flexible."

The sport is very physical but is also a mental exercise.

"I've been to a lot of competitions and have been working on that pressure," Catherine said.

"There are a lot of things in figure skating I don't think you can learn, but I do think you can learn to control your nerves. I think you have to have the right environment, the right parents, the right friends, the right coach and the right supporters," Sanders said.

So young Catherine trains, and competes and watches the greatest skaters in the world.

"I watch Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner and Polina Edmunds. I really want to be in the Olympics," Catherine said.

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