By James Shim and Cambria Wheeler on November 20, 2013
Since the age of 10, Pacific Union College freshman Spencer Swetnam dreamed of competing in the world championships of his favorite sport. On November 2, his dream came true as he traveled to Taipei-City, Taiwan to compete in the 2013 Artistic Roller Skating World Championships.
Swetnam and his partner Katelyn Rodgers represented the United States on the world stage in the team dance category. “The world championships are as high as the sport of artistic roller skating gets,” said Swetnam. “It is not in the Olympics for one main reason: Most people do not know about it.” Artistic roller skating is much like figure skating on ice, but with roller skates. The sport combines a careful balance of position, strength, and artistry in a single performance.
A 2013 graduate of Portland Adventist Academy, Swetnam spent much of his senior year traveling to Boston to meet with Rodgers as they prepared for the National Championship held in Albuquerque, New Mexico from July 21 to August 4, 2013. The pair competed in the Junior World Class Team Dance Division. This division requires three components: two compulsory dances with specific dances and steps, an original dance with a routine danced to a required