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Ice skating folly brings Black River family to America’s Funniest Home Videos finals tonight


BLACK RIVER — When Richard Conerly’s wife Allisyn recorded him ice skating for the first time, it’s unlikely he expected all of America to watch.

Mrs. Conerly submitted the video of Mr. Conerly repeatedly falling, only to come back for a final run armed with a beginner’s walker typically used by children, to “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”

Tonight at 7 p.m. on WWTI ABC 50, the video will be pitted against other finalists for a shot at the grand prize. The finalists are not allowed to reveal the outcome of the show before the airing.

Mr. Conerly is a Louisiana native who moved to the area about a year ago when he was stationed at Fort Drum. Even with all the attention surrounding his first skating experience, an encore performance is unlikely; Mr. Conerly said his first time skating was also likely his last.

The clip can be seen at

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