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The classic sled

by Sarah Phipps Modified: April 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm •  Published: December 27, 2009
Claire McCoy's pulls her sled on hill in the Trails neighborhood, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, in Edmond, Okla. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Claire McCoy's pulls her sled on hill in the Trails neighborhood, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, in Edmond, Okla. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Claire McCoy climbed an ice-covered hill in her Edmond neighborhood dragging her sled behind her.

She met her father, Mark, on top of the hill and together they inspected the sled.

“We can fix that. We can put a screw in there,” he told her.

The old sled is a hand-me-down. It is a treasure from her mother’s childhood. It is slightly beaten up and is missing a wood plank.

“It is a classic,” Claire explained.

Her father said they have tried all types of sleds including plastic ones, inner tubes and even improvised sleds such as cardboard boxes and plastic storage bin tops. But nothing beats the trusty wooden and metal sled.

“It is the best sled,” Claire said. ” It goes the fastest.”

As Claire prepares to take one last run, a pair of neighborhood boys walk up with their modern sleds. Claire’s father told her to quickly go down the hill and show them how much faster her classic can go.

He then gave her a running push and she zoomed off down the hill.

Mark McCoy pushes Claire McCoy, 12, down a hill in the Trails neighborhood, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, in Edmond, Okla. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Mark McCoy pushes Claire McCoy, 12, down a hill in the Trails neighborhood, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, in Edmond, Okla. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Claire McCoy's pulls her sled on hill in the Trails neighborhood, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, in Edmond, Okla. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Claire McCoy's pulls her sled on hill in the Trails neighborhood, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, in Edmond, Okla. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Claire McCoy, 12, pulls her sled up a hill in the Trails neighborhood, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, in Edmond, Okla. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Claire McCoy, 12, pulls her sled up a hill in the Trails neighborhood, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, in Edmond, Okla. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Claire McCoy, 12, sleds on hill in the Trails neighborhood, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, in Edmond, Okla. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Claire McCoy, 12, sleds on hill in the Trails neighborhood, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, in Edmond, Okla. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
by Sarah Phipps
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Born in Missouri, Sarah Phipps graduated of Northwest Missouri State University with a degree in Mass Communication and French in 1999. After an internship with the St. Joe News-press, Sarah moved to Oklahoma for a full-time job at the...
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