Long-time figure skater and first-time Olympic competitor Mariah Bell will be entering the ring during the Beijing Olympics.

Bell won her first national title early last month after previously winning silver and bronze medals in past years. Her national win qualified her for the Olympic games.

Bell is still proud of her previous performances, even if they weren’t enough to win her the gold.

“I look back at last season as overall successful, obviously not making the world team was a bummer, but it did give me some motivation heading into this season,” she said.

Even though skating is her passion Bell does have a life outside of the ring. She is friends with other figure skaters that she trains with, who all hang out together in and out of the ring. She also owns a six-month-old puppy, who “takes a lot of my time and energy,” she said.

Bell is currently not attending school so she can focus on figure skating but said that she wants to have a career outside of skating.

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