Checking your vitals

Chelsea Howard and Chelsea Howard

This week, the Pulse checks the vitals of Katie Bacon and discovers that her heart beats for artistic roller skating.


Name: Katie Lee Marie Bacon

Age: 18

Hometown: Mentor, Ohio

Class: Freshman

Major: Adolescent and young adult integrated language arts.

Which Spice girl would you have been? Sporty Spice! I was a tomboy until 7th grade.

What was your most embarrassing moment? When I was 7, I peed my pants in the elevator in the Luxor in Las Vegas.

What’s your favorite saying? “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

What’s your favorite reality show? Honestly, I hate them all!

Crank up the volume: Frank Sinatra is in my CD player right now.

What are your favorite hobbies? Ballroom dancing and artistic roller skating.

What is artistic roller skating and how did you get into it? Artistic roller skating is pretty much ballroom dancing on roller skates.

When I was young, I was over at my aunt’s house who had been involved in artistic roller skating for a couple years. I went into her sewing room and saw a beautiful skating dress and asked to try it on.

She said no, I couldn’t just wear it, I had to earn it. I asked her how I earned it and the next day, she took me to skating lessons, which were with the coach that I am still with now.

What have you accomplished through skating? I made the world team at 16, which is kind of like our Olympics. I’m on Team USA and compete with teams from all over the world. I have traveled to Argentina and was supposed to go to Italy this year, but I couldn’t miss a month of school.

If there was a lifetime movie made about your life, what would it be called and who would star? It would be called “She’s Not That Kind of Girl” and Julia Roberts would star as me. People commonly tell me I look like her anyway.

Would you shave your head for $100? Never! I have beautiful hair and my mother would kill me. I would never be able to go home!

Guilty pleasures? I am in love and totally obsessed with the Rocky movies. When I told my mother that, she almost put me in therapy.

What’s your sign, baby? Pisces

What do you miss most from home? My family, because I’m extremely family oriented. I have never been away from any one of them for an extended amount of time.

Siblings? I have triplet younger siblings – two boys and a girl who are all 16.

Why did you chose BGSU? BG is one of the best education schools in the nation. I’ve wanted to be a teacher and go here since I was a freshman in high school.

What is your number one obsession? I work out like a mad woman.

Six degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon? My mom has it figured out and written down, but I’m not that ambitious. I don’t really like him as an actor that much, but we are really related.

Last lesson: “No one can make you inferior without your consent.” Be proud of yourself. Don’t let others put you down!