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Girl with local ties has dream of becoming world champion inline speed skater

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Although roller speed skating isn't considered an Olympic sport, one girl with local ties isn't slowing down her dreams of representing her country.

Seventeen-year-old Sydney Franklin reaches speeds of 40 miles per hour.

Franklin is from Florida, but visits Youngstown Skate when she's in town seeing family.

Franklin trains 40 hours per week and hopes to one day compete in the world championships for inline speed-skating.

"It was considered an Olympic sport for one game season; I don't remember what year that was. But it was there and they do want it again, the Olympics do. But our governing body won't allow them to have it again unless they take all of the roller sports, so that would be roller hockey and artistic as well," Franklin said.

Last year Franklin was ranked the 4th fastest skater in the nation for her class.

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