Kaitlyn R. Joseph, 12, is the daughter of Eric and Melissa Joseph of Anchorage, and the granddaughter of Dorothy Joseph of Holy Cross and Angus (Buck) Joseph of Beaver.

Just two and a half years ago, Joseph began her figure skating career. Since then she has advanced very quickly landing all her double jumps, and now working on the double axel and triple jumps. She is currently competing in the United States Figure Skating Prejuvenile level.

In the last year, Joseph has competed in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, and Nevada. She placed first in the Seattle “Icefest” Competition.

“It has been a pleasure working with Kaitlyn over the last few years! She has come a long way in a very short time,” said Elise Falconer, Joseph’s coach. “At 10 years old, While vacationing in Idaho, Kaitlyn spotted my team of skaters from Alaska at a U.S. figure skating event in Sun Valley, Idaho. On her return to Anchorage, they located me at the Dimond center ice arena and asked if I was taking on any new students. We’ve been working together ever since and have also included a lesson once a week with Olympic coach Ralph Burghart. Kaitlyn is a quick study and a very hard worker! She moved rapidly through the early ranks of U.S. figure skating and has been on the podium almost every event entered since the start! Kaitlyn is now 12 and proud to be one of the very few native figure skaters representing her ethnic Heritage with this year‘s performance! I am proud to be leading Kaitlyn through her skating journey. She is one to keep an eye on!!!”

Joseph also spends her time volunteering in the Learn to Skate program in Anchorage.

Kaitlyn is the only known Athabascan competitive figure skater.

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