A six-year-old Tehachapi ice skater stood proudly on the podium not once, but three times at the 2013 ISI Worlds Figure Skating Championships held in Anaheim in late July.
Emily Faith Rohe, a first-grader at Valley Oaks Charter School and Alpha division competitor, took first place in stroking, second in solo dance and third in solo compulsory, bringing home three more medals to add to her already impressive collection of figure skating hardware.
On June 30, Rohe competed in her first-ever competition at the ISI Summer Skate Fest in Channel Islands, where she won three golf medals after scoring a perfect 5.0 in three events.
A week-long competition, the World Skating Championships takes place annually in different regions of the world, pitting some of the best figure skaters from all over the globe in a fierce battle for a top spot.
But as serious as the competition is, Rohe said she also made a few new friends at this year's competition.
"It was exciting to meet other people," she said. "I met a friend from China."
And despite a language barrier, the pair hit it off, exchanging skating pins and posing for photos between events.
What makes Rohe's recent achievements so special, besides her tender age, is that she has only been skating since December, when her first time on the ice was during a school field trip to the San Joaquin Community Hospital Ice Rink in Bakersfield.
Since then, Rohe has practiced almost daily with her coaches Kalina Auch and Cory Frias, and during the school year combines her training with classes at Perfect 10 Gymnastics in Tehachapi.
All that hard work has paid off as she has quickly emerged as a skating sensation.
Rohe's eyes widen and she smiles as she talks about her costumes and why she loves competing.
"I like praising God by doing it," she said. "He's proud."