It is widely said all people have something they're born to do.
Whether it is music, dance or sports, everyone has a passion which is unique to them and their life.
For Layton's Mitchell Friess, his passion involves a frozen block of water, some knife-like blades attached to shoes, and an exhilarating, three-minute display of athleticism and art -- otherwise known as figure skating.
"Skating kind of is my life," Friess said. "It's really all I do. I go to school, go skating, do homework and then do it all over again."
Friess started in a beginning skating class when he was 5, and was introduced to the sport of figure skating by his grandmother, who enjoyed it immensely.
Now, 11 years later, Friess's mother, Doris, is amazed by the talent exhibited by her son.
"I'm always amazed and really proud," Doris Friess said. "I'm always amazed that he can do what he can do, because I never would have thought starting out he would do triples."
Mitchell Friess is currently training in his own backyard for a potential breakthrough moment -- the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, which will be held in Salt Lake City starting Wednesday.
The event features such well-known American stars as Evan Lysacek and Max Aaron. Lysacek, however, withdrew Monday, citing a slight abdominal tear.
For Friess, the opportunity is one he is genuinely excited about.
"The biggest thing that I want to do is skate a really nice program," he said. "I don't really care where I place. I am competitive, but I want to see what I can do with a nice program first."
Friess, 16, who attends NUAMES, takes part in a rigorous training schedule, which includes skating nearly every day as well as hours of technical work.
Friess's intensity has made an impression on many, including his mother.
"He's a hard worker, and when he's on the ice, he doesn't mess around," Doris Friess said. "He's also a 4.0 student, so he stays on top of his studies, and he's still able to get in as much training as he can."
Friess's coach, Karel Kovar, said Mitchell does it all with a smile.
"He's very disciplined, and very particular," said Kovar, who competed for his native Slovakia in his own skating days. "I give him a task, and he does it, and I don't have to ask him twice."
As far as goals for the Utah teen are concerned, Friess is new to the novice level of skating but hopes to improve his craft over the next year as he becomes competitive in the new classification.
"I want to be able to do all the triple jumps and hopefully try some quad jumps," Friess said. "I also want to be on TV, and go to nationals as a senior.
"I do want to go to the Olympics and compete."
Amanda Kovar, Karel's wife and partner in coaching Friess, noted Mitchell has the ability to become the next Olympic star for the United States.
"I really think he has no limitations," noted Amanda Kovar, who met her husband when they both skated with Disney on Ice. "I mean, this kid has age on his side and time to develop. He's the total package; he can do spins, jumps, and choreographically, he's very nice to look at."