Mar 30 2012 by Stuart Wilson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
A MUM who skated for Britain is dreaming of Olympic success in her hometown.
Suzanne Otterson, who represented her country at the 1992 winter games, will carry this year’s torch on its way to London.
And she’s twirling with joy after being chosen to run a crucial leg through Alloway.
Now she’s hoping organisers will let her take the iconic few steps past Burns Cottage.
Suzanne, 37, revealed: “I was delighted to get the nomination from the chairperson of Kyle Figure Skating Club, where I coach the kids.
“Getting to run with the torch in my hometown will be an amazing experience and totally different from when I represented Britain at the winter games.
“Back then we were away from home, so it will be special to do this in front of so many friends and family members.”
Suzanne made the British winter Olympic team which travelled to Albertville in France after a glittering youth career.
She was British Primary champion, British junior champion, and placed third in the British senior championships.
Among her training partners have been skating legends Robin Cousins, Michelle Kwan and Nancy Kerrigan.
She now coaches at a range of figure skating schools across Ayrshire and was nominated to carry the torch for her service to the sport.
Suzanne, who will head through Alloway on June 8, revealed: “I’m hoping to get the leg of the journey that passes by Burns Cottage.
“My mum had mentioned to me that the TV cameras will probably want to cover that one, so I’ve got my fingers crossed.
“I’ve been really lucky during my career to represent Britain in the Winter Olympics, and I never thought that carrying the torch was something I’d get to do.
“But when I found out the games were coming to this country, it was always at the back of my mind that I’d love to do.
“Now I can’t wait.”
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