Santa Monica native Gia Kokotakis is training to compete in the 2015 United States Figure Skating Championships in the Intermediate Ladies Event in Greensboro, North Carolina, Jan. 17-22, at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Gia, 12, is a seventh grade student at Windward School in Mar Vista.
She has skated for the past eight years.
Her mother Rainer Kokotakis said her daughter trains approximately 23 hours per week at Paramount Iceland and Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo.
“Gia placed third in the 2015 Southwest Pacific Regional Championships in Ontario, California in October and won the bronze medal at the Pacific Coast Sectional Championships in Spokane, Washington in November, which qualified her for the National Championships,” Rainer said. “Gia’s goal is to eventually compete in the Olympics.”
Gia is coached by Alex Chang, Jere Michael, Frank Carroll, and Natalie Shaby.