Skat­ing back into the medals

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

TWO fig­ure skaters have re­turned medals af­ter a 28-year break from ice skat­ing.

Elaine Christo­pher, 53, and Michelle Jones, 44, hung up their boots three decades ago.

But both re­cently re­turned to the ice and have now won recog­ni­tion across Europe for their skills.

They started train­ing at Billing­ham Fo­rum Ice Arena and were soon com­pet­ing across Europe.

Mother-of-two Michelle, an ac­counts as­sis­tant for Wear Inns, trav­els down from Wash­ing­ton to train.

Elaine is from Durham and has two sons, and is the sis­ter of skat­ing in­struc­tor Ali­son Laws.

Af­ter a few weeks find­ing their feet and tak­ing pri­vate lessons, Michelle fin­ished first at the Bri­tish Adult Cham­pi­onships in Sh­effield.

And Elaine was not far be­hind, fin­ish­ing sev­enth over­all in the event.

Michelle Jones, right, and Elaine Christo­pher

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