Though Thailand’s tropical climate may make it low on the list for those who follow the sport of figure skating, Thita (Palmy) Lamsam (Year 9) has been busy proving that success on ice is definitely possible despite the heat. Though she’s only 14 years old, Palmy has already earned several major awards and garnered recognition for her talents at the international level. With her skills growing rapidly, there’s little doubt that she has become one of Thailand’s most recognized youth figure skaters.
While she has several hobbies, including diving and ballet, Palmy has been passionate about figure skating since she first began learning at seven years old. A natural at the sport, she quickly mastered the required skills and earned 1st place (novice level) at the 2012 Thailand National Figure Skating Championships, an impressive feat that she accomplished twice more at the junior level in 2013 and senior level in 2014! She now represents Thailand as one of seven members of the national team of the Figure & Speed Skating Association of Thailand, from which she earned the distinction of being the first skater to receive the “Best Figure Skater” award.
Beyond her accomplishments in Thailand, Palmy has also begun competing at the international level. Following several top-15 finishes in competitions across Europe, she became the first Thai figure skater to earn the minimum score to join the world championships, held in March 2014 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Though Palmy faced far more experienced skaters, she still managed to place 38th. With 3 hours of practice each day and mentoring from coaches Pang Rui, Chrisha Gossard and Anthony Liu–all accomplished, award-winning skaters in their own right–she is expected to only continue improving.
Her most recent accomplishment was winning first place at the 2014 Dubai Golden Cup. The event was sanctioned by the International Skating Union (ISU), making it Palmy’s first gold medal in an ISU competition. Her success at this level of competition makes it likely that we eventually see her more at events around the world…and perhaps even the Olympics one day!
Congratulations, Palmy, and we look forward to seeing you skate to even greater heights!