Her name is Cassidy Herko, and she recently entered her very first skating competition. Lori Herko had prepared her daughter to expect a modest outcome, but Cassidy came home with a medal–a gold medal. Her mother came home with the cards of coaches who see a lot of potential in the Verona elementary school student. And so we decided to bring you the video below of the competition.
What’s the reference to the “next” Olympic star in the headline? Jed Graef, a Verona native and son of my Verona High School science teacher, won a gold medal in the 200-meter backstroke at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. Which, ladies and gentlemen, is why we have the Olympic-size Verona Pool.