As a figure skater, Justin Hampole strives for perfection.
He tries to get everything about his movements on the ice precise and perform each element technically correct, sometimes obsessing about even the tiniest mistakes.
That attitude will likely serve the aspiring orthopedic surgeon well in his work career but it sometimes leads to problems when he tries to put all he's learned about skating together in a three-minute 42-second long program.
His coaches at the Northern B.C. Centre for Skating, Rory Allen and Andrea Ludditt, try to convince the 15-year-old it's not in his own best interests to sweat the small stuff - better to forget about his mistakes and move on - but that's much easier said than done.
Hampole still ranks among the best in the province at what he does. Two weekends ago at the Autumn Leaves Super Series competition in Kamloops he earned the silver medal in the under-17 novice men's event, his final tune-up before he heads to Kelowna for the B.C./Yukon section championships, Nov. 10-13.
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