At an age when most girls are figuring out boys, algebra and personal fashion statements, Jin Baseman is doing all that — and training to become one of the top figure skaters in the country. No small task for the girl from Brookline, Mass., but given the obstacles she’s surmounted this far, no big deal either.

Baseman, who competes for the prestigious Skating Club of Boston, was born in China’s southern province of Jiangxi. For reasons she’ll never know, when she was an infant her biological parents left her in a box by the side of the road, not far from an orphanage. Exposed to the elements, she nearly froze to death. When her parents, Deanna and Karen Baseman, adopted her, their only thoughts were for her good health and happiness. That she would blossom into one of the most talented young skaters in the U.S. never crossed their mind.

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