A Future Olympian Visits the Iris Inn

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We were recently honored to host an extraordinary guest here at the Iris Inn, a fifteen-year old athlete by the name of Gabriella Hachem, along with her mother Mina. If you haven’t heard of Gabriella, she is currently ranked #2 in the United States in speed skating, and in 2013, she was #1 in her age group! Right now, she is participating in an extremely demanding training program in Potomac, Maryland and is well on her way to participating as a competitor in the 2018 U.S. Olympics.

olympian2Gabriella was a figure skater for four years until shifting to speedskating in 2011: “By March 2013, she went to her first national competition and was named the 13-to-14 year-old age group national champion. Right after the tournament, she jumped to United Capital” (Gazette.net).

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So, what does a future Olympic competitor do to unwind? Relax at a Virginia bed and breakfast! Gabriella and her mother decided to visit the Iris Inn on a Spring Break getaway, where they enjoyed excursions to the nearby presidential homes (Monticello, Montpelier, Ash-Lawn Highland, and the Woodrow Wilson Library and Museum) as well as dining at the Green Leaf Grill in Waynesboro. (Gabriella especially enjoyed the Green Leaf’s Po’ Boy.)

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Good luck on your training, Gabriella! The Iris Inn will be cheering for you, and we hope to see you at the 2018 Olympics.

 

 

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