Meet Justin, a graduate from Florence-Carlton High School and a young man who is on the cusp of a career as a professional Figure skater. Justin has been skating for as long as he can remember but one moment in the stands changed everything.
“By the time I really fell in love with it is two years ago, which is not a very long time ago but I watched a Cirque Du Soleil show on ice and it was the most wonderful thing I’ve ever seen and I just felt so amazing walking out and seeing that and I didn’t know my sport had the power to do that to somebody and so I was like you know what, this is what I want to do, I want to make somebody feel this way so I am going to go into this and I’m going to get a job and make everybody happy,” said Justin.
The dream for Justin had not always been an easy one and he faced many pressures to conform over the years. This almost led Justin to give up skating entirely, however support from the accepting community of coaches and fellow skaters provided him the drive and persistence he needed to succeed.
Now a National Showcase Champion, Justin wants to give back to the same community that helped him get through tough times. Justin spends his time on the rink weekly, helping the younger generation of skaters find their stride.
Justin plans to sign on professionally with Disney on Ice, hoping to tour as early as this year.
Mattress Firm wishes you all the success in your future endeavors Justin Hergett. Thank you for inspiring and motivating all of us!