Could America's next male figure skating star be living in Colorado Springs? Joshua Farris is 18 years old and is on a steady upward arc that may land atop the Olympic rings some day.
"He's kind of like the big stars performing who have that 'It' factor," said Damon Allen, who coaches Farris along with Christy Krall. "He has that 'It.' "
He definitely has that Up.
He has won at every level he's competed. He won national titles in juvenile in 2006, intermediate title in 2008 and novice in 2009. In juniors, he won bronze in 2011, silver in 2012 and then, in March in Milan, Italy, he won gold.
What put him on the Olympics' watch list happened about a month earlier. That's when he took fourth at senior nationals in Omaha, one spot out of the senior world championships in London, Ontario.
Need another hook besides medals? How about an 18-year-old who has been home schooled all his life and is so lactose intolerant a possible salad dressing mix-up the day before the 2011 senior nationals in Greensboro, N.C., sent him to the emergency room at 3 a.m?