Sanger's Johnson draws attention to roller skating

FRESNO, Calif.

"I was a young mother and I had two young children," Johnson said, "and they advertised it as a 'Hey! You want to have fun roller skating and exercise at the same time?'"

Little did she know that in 2010 and 2011, she would win a gold medal at the USA Roller Sports Figure Skating National Championships, winning the Veterans Women's Figure event for skaters 45 and older.

"It felt like an out of body experience," Johnson said.

And then Johnson topped that this past August, winning the Premier Silver Women's event… And beating her own coach in the process.

"They called our club so I was expecting to hear her name," said Johnson. "So when they said my name, same thing, I was just in shock. And I was excited."

She says staying motivated to practice her skating, while working full time, has never been tough.

"I've always been very dedicated and very committed," said Johnson

And she has a message for other valley women, hesitant to take part in an activity they have loved for years.

"Any sport or anything you really love to do, whether it's sewing or soccer or skating, if it's something you love to do you should just do it," said Johnson.

As for Johnson, she's still going, already back to work, ready to defend her national championship next summer.

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