Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Chicken Trains To Become A Figure Skater

MCLEAN, Va. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It sounds like a bird-brained idea, but the U.S. may have a chicken on the Olympic figure skating team someday.

Champion figure skater Michael Weiss got his feathers ruffled teaching Chica the Chicken, the plushy puppet co- host of the Sprout network’s Sunny Side Up Show, how to ice skate with her efforts airing this Friday (Aug. 15) on the kiddie show.

Teaching Chica the ropes in the rink was no easy “feet” for Weiss.

He says, “I’ve never had to teach a chicken how to skate before, especially one who doesn’t have legs, but Chica did well.”

Communicating with the clucker was tough, but Weiss used his best “Daddy voice” to help Chica nail a double axle.

He says, “I had to talk to her like I was talking to my children. I caught myself thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m talking to a chicken like a real kid.’ It was funny.”

With practice and hard work, Weiss thinks Chica may have a chance to win a gold medal someday.

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