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FACE BEHIND THE WORK: Teri Vogan works on one of 18 pins her family business Vogan Gold & Silver Works Inc. of Colorado Springs, is making for the World Figure Skating Championships.; QUIET SYMBOL OF GREATNESS: In addition to a medal, a winning figure skater is awarded a Radix pin, a tiny replica of the blade on a figure skate that weighs about as much as a paper clip and is often worn on a lapel or sweater. When skaters win one, it is akin to a Super Bowl ring.

PHOTOS BY ANDY ROGERS, THE GAZETTE
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In figure skating, a Radix pin is only slightly longer than a paper clip, weighs about as much and doesn't get nearly the attention of a medal draped around a winning skater's neck.

But when skaters win one, it's akin to a Super Bowl ring. The pin, a tiny replica of the blade on a figure skate, is awarded in conjunction with a medal and often worn on a lapel or sweater to signal a skater achieved greatness.

This week, as skaters receive pins at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Dallas, a Colorado Springs family jewelry company is basking in some of the national spotlight.

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