Knox College librarian Yowler puts on ice skates

GALESBURG – For Rebecca Yowler, the assistant librarian at Knox College, a passion for figure skating has a strong connection with her status as an ordained minister.

“There’s a thing in Christianity called Taize where you repeat something over and over and you find comfort in it,” said Yowler, who preaches weekly at The Kensington.

“Skating does that for me. I’m at peace.

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“It’s a discipline just like prayer is a discipline,” she added.

“There’s a connection there for sure.”

At age 47 and not having started skating until she was 19, it might be surprising to learn Yowler recently won two gold medals at the US Figure Skating Midwestern Sectionals in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and qualified for the first time ever for the US Figure Skating championships in Newark, Delaware in early April.

Rebecca Yowler, an assistant librarian at Knox College, recently won two gold medals at the U.S. Figure Skating Midwestern Sectionals in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  One was for her portrayal of Ursula.

Yowler earned gold in Bronze Showcase for her portrayal of Ursula. She also won gold in Pre-Bronze Pattern Dances for her Rhythm Blues and Swing ice dances.

Yowler also competed in Bronze Free Dance where she placed fifth.

Yowler was immediately hooked

She is living proof competitive figure skating embraces far more people than the young athletes we see on television every four years during the Olympics.

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