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San Carlos Skate Boot Shop a Popular Stop For Olympians

With the Winter Olympics just 100 days away, one Bay Area company is hard at work making sure athletes have the right equipment for the PyeongChang Games.

Harlick Skating Boots in San Carlos has been dressing the world's best skaters for generations.

Inside the busy shop, the entire floor of Harlick's is full of people using their hands to make sure the world-class skaters have the precise footwear in the run-up to the 2018 Winter Games.

"There is an extra buzz, energy," said Jason Kuhn, whose family has run Harlick for four generations.

The business opened in 1933, and it still uses old-school equipment. It is known around the world for putting skates on Olympic champions such as Kristi Yamaguchi, Brian Boitano, Rudy Galindo and Katarina Witt.

"For us, there's nothing that can really replace someone that sits down and measures your feet by hand, and takes everything into consideration, especially in a sport like ice skating," Kuhn said.

They all seem to appreciate the family-owned business putting the skating family first.

"I think people do trust a company that's four generations, knowing that I learned from my dad, my grandpa, great-grandfather," Kuhn said. "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, right?"

Harlick also will be in the spotlight when the figure skating national championships come to San Jose at the end of the year. Kuhn said many of the skaters likely will stop by for a visit to pay homage to the shop.

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