TRURO, N.S. —Meagan Dean knows she’ll really need to work if she wants an Olympic gold medal one day.

But her path to the Winter Olympics is now clearer, thanks to Team Canada coach Lee Barkell, who was in Truro Saturday to help Dean and her fellow figure skaters polish up their on-ice techniques.

“I feel amazed, really inspired and thankful that he would teach us,” said Dean, from Valley. “I want to get gold and represent our country.”

She learned the proper technique for spins, jumps and basic balancing and moving while on the ice during one of several hour-long sessions run by Barkell at the Colchester Legion Stadium on April 6.

Barkell said that it was vital for young figure skaters to master the basics and have good coaching from the start.

A healthy lifestyle, avoiding injury with proper warm-up and cool-down exercises and allowing recovery time after competitions is also essential for young athletes with Olympic dreams. Listening to one’s body is an important skill developed by skaters, especially those training for elite …

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