Maekawas return to the ice

Sooke's iconic ice skating duo are launching their latest efforts for a shot at the big game

  • Mon Feb 2nd, 2015 8:00pm
  • Sports

Leonardo & Pilar Maekawa performing during last year’s Autumn Classic ice skating competition.

Local skaters Pilar and Leonardo Maekawa have been busy polishing their ice skating skills over the last little while, coming back more focused than ever before.

This season the iconic duo have competed internationally in two different ice skating competitions; at the US Open in Salt Lake City, Utah, where they came 5th , and at the Finlandia Trophy in Finland where they came 9th.

During last year’s three-part Autumn Classic International competition (called the Challenger Series) in Barrie, Ontario, Pilar and Leonardo ended   23rd place out of 60.

The brother and sister team will also be launching two new dance programs this year,  the Short Dance Flamenco and the Ice Free Dance, which will feature Spanish song Life is Beautiful.

“Rescuing whatever is good and hopeful from the wreckage of dreams; hope for the future is about the necessary human conviction or delusion, that things will be better than they are right now. After all, life IS beautiful,” Pilar and Leonardo said in a recent news release.

Their ultimate goal is to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

For regular updates on Pilar and Leonardo, or to show your support, be sure check out their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/PilarLeonardoMaekawa.