Talk about landing on your feet. Twice, and in the most unexpected ways.
Matthew Scoralle's love for all-things ice began a few years back when the Fountain Valley resident wanted to play hockey. To get a feel for the game, and the ground beneath his skates, the now-13-year-old took up figure skating, he said, to "get on my feet."
"It was all about trying to learn how to balance myself while maneuvering on skates," he said. "It was a little hard at first, but then I got comfortable with it. After a while it became a lot of fun.
"I never went into roller hockey. I stuck with figure skating and I'm glad I did. Being out there on the ice is a good time."
The local youngster has gone from "good time," to big time.
Scoralle traveled Wednesday to Salt Lake City to compete at the 2010 U.S. Junior National Figure Skating Championships. He will compete in pairs skating with partner Hadley Piper of Newport Beach. The two are among the top 19 pairs in the country to qualify for the event.