Kennesaw State University freshman sets sights on Junior World Championships in Minsk

Tim Dolensky, figure skater

Kennesaw State University freshman Tim Dolensky, fresh from a second-place finish at the junior-…

Georgia (Feb 14, 2012)

Kennesaw State University freshman Tim Dolensky, fresh from a second-place finish at the junior-level of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif., heads next to the Junior World Championships in Minsk, Belarus. 

Dolensky, who started skating at age 6, earned the novice bronze medal at the 2010 U.S. Championships. During the 2012 U.S. Junior Championships, held Jan. 22 - 29 in California, the 19-year-old Kennesaw native racked up 63.20 points for his short program. He was in first place with a .05 lead over fellow competitor Nathan Chen, going into the free skate final event. Chen, the two-time U.S. novice champion, ultimately emerged victorious. 

However, his second-place finish with 187.84 points earned him a silver medal and qualified Dolensky for the Junior World Championships, which will be held Feb. 27-March 4 in Minsk. 

Dolensky, who is majoring in exercise and health science at Kennesaw State, also is a gifted musician. He plays the violin and piano, and creates his own music for some competitions. For last week’s contest he skated to one of his own compositions, a song called “Windfall.” 

“For my short program, I actually wrote and recorded the music myself. I played the piano part and then layered in some strings,” he said. “Music has always been an important part of my life. In fact, I tried out for the music school at Kennesaw State and got in, but I realized there would be no way I could skate and study music, too.” 

“Tim Dolensky personifies the definition of a true Renaissance man,” said Kennesaw State President Daniel S. Papp. “He is an accomplished musician, athlete and scholar. All of us at Kennesaw State are rooting for him to go all the way in Belarus!”

It hasn’t been an easy glide for the Kennesaw native. After finishing in fifth place in the Eastern Sectional Championships event during the 2010-11 season, Dolensky failed to advance to the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

“I was pretty disappointed,” he said. “I expected to make it, but I slipped up mentally a little bit during my program and it cost me.” Instead, he said, he ended up watching the event at home on TV.

A member of the Atlanta Figure Skating Club, Dolensky puts in long training sessions at the Ice Forum in Kennesaw and The Cooler in Alpharetta. Dolensky is on the ice, perfecting his moves every day except Sunday.

“I’m getting ready to go to Minsk in Belarus, part of the old Soviet Union. It’s going to be cold, but we have new team jackets that are puffy and warm parkas,” he said.

As for his plans after that, Dolensky has a realistic goal. He plans to move up to the senior level of figure skating, the one shared by his hero Jeremy Abbott, who soared to an easy victory and his third title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. “I have long way to go,” Dolensky said. “I don’t think I’ll make the 2014 Olympics in Russia, but maybe the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.”

 By Robert S. Godlewski


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