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February 9, 2010

Christian Skater Stars in 'Ice Castles' Remake

19-year-old skater Taylor Firth loves youth group and writing poems about God

Remember Ice Castles, the 1978 teen romance on ice starring Robby Benson and Lynn-Holly Johnson? Well, they've done a remake, with a young Christian skater in the lead role.

Ice Castles, the 2010 version, releases to DVD today, just in time for the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. Special guest appearances in the film include Olympic Medalist Michelle Kwan and NBC correspondent Andrea Joyce.

But the star of the show is 19-year-old Taylor Firth, a one-time aspiring Olympian herself (she placed 13th at the 2009 U.S. Nationals), from Jamestown, NY. Firth is a regular at her church's youth group, and says she loves to write poetry about how God influences her life. Her short program music for the 2010 season is Michael W. Smith's "Prayer for Taylor."

“This is my God-given talent. This is what I have to do,” Firth told a local newspaper. “This isn’t my ability, it’s His ability. I’ve grown up a Christian all my life. It’s who I am.”

Here's the trailer: