Three-peat for Esky junior

Figure skating

Courtesy photo Escanaba junior Taylor Gauthier recently won a Michigan State High School Figure Skating Championship for the third straight year.

ESCANABA — Junior Taylor Gauthier is one busy student-athlete.

Gauthier competes in tennis, girls’ basketball and softball for Escanaba High School. Oh yeah, she’s also a championship figure skater and honor student, too.

What gives, Taylor Gauthier?

“I honestly have no idea how I do it all, especially with the home work,” Gauthier said. “I just keep motivating myself to keep going.”

Gauthier almost didn’t go to the recent Michigan State High School Figure Skating Championships in the Detroit suburb of Rochester Hills. But she did, and she captured first place for the third straight year at the novice level of freestyle against about 40 other schools.

“I put in hard work and focus when I get out there,” said Gauthier, who has been skating since she was 2 years old. “I get super nervous when I compete. I just stare at the wall. I don’t watch the other skaters compete. I just focus on myself.”

Gauthier is the 2016 U.P. tennis champion at No. 2 singles and was a girls basketball honorable mention selection in the Great Northern Conference.

Gauthier’s favorite sport is softball and she wants to play the sport in college.

And she doesn’t plan to put the figure skates away, either.

“My aunt (Angie Vandermissen) skates and I kind of want to do what she does after softball,” Gauther said about Vandermissen, who skates professionally with Willy Bitek Productions.