Figure skaters – Figuristka http://figuristka.org/ Sun, 22 May 2022 11:04:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://figuristka.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-3-120x120.png Figure skaters – Figuristka http://figuristka.org/ 32 32 The icing on the cake: the “Stars on Ice” tour offers American figure skaters a special way to cap off an Olympic season https://figuristka.org/the-icing-on-the-cake-the-stars-on-ice-tour-offers-american-figure-skaters-a-special-way-to-cap-off-an-olympic-season/ Sun, 22 May 2022 11:04:18 +0000 https://figuristka.org/the-icing-on-the-cake-the-stars-on-ice-tour-offers-american-figure-skaters-a-special-way-to-cap-off-an-olympic-season/ It’s been 12 years since Jason Brown first came to Spokane and won a junior title at the US Figure Skating Championships. Since 2010, the Illinois-raised skater has won numerous national and international metals, won the U.S. Men’s Championship in 2015, competed in two Olympics, won team bronze at one of them, and become a […]]]>

It’s been 12 years since Jason Brown first came to Spokane and won a junior title at the US Figure Skating Championships.

Since 2010, the Illinois-raised skater has won numerous national and international metals, won the U.S. Men’s Championship in 2015, competed in two Olympics, won team bronze at one of them, and become a favorite fans on the circuit for his style of figure skating.

Brown will return to Spokane on Friday night, along with other skating luminaries such as defending Olympic champion Nathan Chen, bronze medal-winning ice dancers Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, as well as Vincent Zhou, Alysa Liu, Madison Chock and Evan Bates, Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier and Mirai Nagasu for “Stars on Ice”.

For Brown, nothing beats celebrating the end of an Olympic season with a “Stars on Ice” tour.

“There’s nothing more special than ‘Stars on Ice’ in an Olympic year,” Brown said from his home in Chicago. “You have all this excitement among the actors. We’ve traveled the world, we’re coming out of the most stressful year, and “Stars on Ice” is an opportunity where we can just let our guard down and play in such a light and stress-free environment. We can all hang out and bond and share our love of the sport with fans across the country.

And after missing the past two years due to COVID-19, the return of “Stars on Ice” in 2022 is even more enticing.

“This tour this year is especially special because for the past two years we’ve played and competed in empty arenas in front of real cardboard cutouts,” Brown said. “The fact that we’re going to be touring the country and seeing these 24 shows over these six weeks in front of real people, we’re just over the moon and so excited to do this together.”

The show features a mix of choreographed numbers created especially for the show skated to songs by artists such as AC/DC, The Weeknd and Jon Batiste, along with some of the skaters’ competition pieces. Chen, for example, adapted his “Rocketman” free skate, which won him his gold medal in Beijing, and he’s kicking off a final that Brown calls spectacular. Brown does a version of his short program, “Sinnerman”, by Nina Simone.

“For me, that was one of the highlights of this tour,” Brown said. “I haven’t had the opportunity to play it for people as much as I would have liked to. … So the fact that I have this opportunity to be in front of a crowd every weekend doing this program on which I worked so hard, to be able to share that with people is the greatest feeling.

Ice dancers Jean-Luc Baker and Kaitlin Hawayek, who finished 11th overall at their first Olympic Games, will perform in the final seven shows of the tour as special guest skaters. The winners of four consecutive bronze medals at the U.S. Nationals will perform a more recent number they debuted in Japan on their “Stars on Ice” tour, Sam Sparro’s “Black and Gold.”

“It’s upbeat, and we brought in something fun with our costumes to keep things interesting and in line with our level of entertainment when it comes to gala numbers,” Haweyek said.

For Baker, the trip to the Northwest is a homecoming. While he and Hawayek have been based in Montreal for four years, Baker grew up in Edmonds and grew up at the Seattle Skating Club. After Friday’s show in Spokane, they will continue their tour in Seattle and Portland.

“I have so many of my friends coming to this show, it’s going to be a riot,” he said.

For them, part of the joy of joining “Stars on Ice” is spending time with their fellow skaters. The skaters spend years competing against each other, but that doesn’t stop them from forming deep friendships. Baker said one of the highlights of his first trip to the Olympics was watching one of his best friends, Chen, win an Olympic title.

“It was so, so cool. He and I had lived together so many times. Just watching him grow and strive for excellence that he does, accepting only the best, was so cool,” said Baker said “Kaitlin and I had practice 20 minutes later, and we were trying so hard to stay focused for our practice because of the emotions we were having. We had tears in our eyes, we were screaming, I lost my mind. just to see him achieve all that he deserves was truly phenomenal.

Brown also spoke about the closeness of the particular group of skaters. They have a level of respect for each other that has translated into admiration and appreciation.

“I think there’s a great camaraderie, appreciation and support for each other,” Brown said. “I think it has to do with the fact that we’ve all been in it for so long. This particular group of athletes, many of us, this is our second Olympics, many of us have achieved what we wanted in sport, or at the end of our careers, and this is an opportunity to celebrate.

Baker and Hawayek agreed.

“It’s really exciting to be able to see everyone we’ve been able to share our experiences with at the Olympics,” Baker said. “I think it’s going to be really fun to catch them all, knowing that some of them are retiring and others are moving on to the next chapter of their lives. I think it’s going to be fun to celebrate the latest performances that I’m sure some of them will have individual shows, but all of us together, realistically, will be really, really exciting.

Ice dancers Hubble and Donohue, who won bronze in Beijing and silver at the world championships a few weeks later, have announced plans to retire at the end of this season. And while there has been speculation that Brown, now 27, will soon retire from competitive skating, he is not thinking about it at the moment.

He knows he’ll continue to work toward a college degree — he’s a junior at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs — he also plans to stay on the ice.

“Right now I’m in this mode where I’m going month by month. Obviously I’ve always planned four years ahead and looked to the next steps,” he said. For now, it’s about being open to different opportunities and options, but planning things as they come up. For now, I’ve been planning for the summer, doing a bunch of different shows, still playing and really loving doing it. I’m going to do a few tours in Japan, and that’s really the main thing.

“That’s a great question,” he added. “But maybe ask me in a few months.”

In the meantime, he is looking forward to returning to Spokane, where he won that first national title and competed in the Team Challenge Cup in 2016.

“I had the best experiences in Spokane,” he said. “For me, it’s also the public. So receptive, so supportive. I just had the best time performing in front of such an amazing crowd.

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Bay Area Olympic figure skaters could make their final appearance in San Jose https://figuristka.org/bay-area-olympic-figure-skaters-could-make-their-final-appearance-in-san-jose/ Fri, 20 May 2022 19:00:34 +0000 https://figuristka.org/bay-area-olympic-figure-skaters-could-make-their-final-appearance-in-san-jose/ Karen Chen and Vincent Zhou have been on the road for months, first for the normal figure skating season, then for the Olympics and now for the Stars on Ice tour. But at the end of the tour, the Bay Area figure skaters will have a show for family and friends at the SAP Center […]]]>

Karen Chen and Vincent Zhou have been on the road for months, first for the normal figure skating season, then for the Olympics and now for the Stars on Ice tour.

But at the end of the tour, the Bay Area figure skaters will have a show for family and friends at the SAP Center in San Jose on Sunday afternoon.

“I’m super excited,” Chen said. “I’ve definitely invited a lot of people to come and it’s definitely going to be special.”

Chen and Zhou were two of six skaters who helped the United States win silver in team skating at the Beijing Winter Olympics in February, and they grew up skating in the Bay Area.

Chen, who was born and raised in Fremont, and Zhou, born in San Jose and raised in Palo Alto, are two-time Olympians, having competed individually at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics before Beijing. Chen also competed individually in Beijing and finished sixth to the Zhou who was expected to do the same, but a positive COVID test forced him to withdraw.

Chen said she will have “at least 20 to 30” friends and family in attendance, and Zhou also said he is planning more than a handful of tickets. It will be a particularly relevant homecoming for both, as they each live and train full-time in Colorado.

“It’s definitely going to be one of the most special shows on the tour, if not the most special,” Zhou said.

But with the Stars on Ice tour coming to an end, with just one week remaining after the stop in San Jose, the skaters are now preparing for their future – and possibly the end of their careers.

Another Bay Area Olympic figure skater, Alysa Liu, 16, announced her retirement from competitive skating early last month and recently told the San Francisco Chronicle that her retirement was “the best decision I’ve ever made. plug”.

Chen, 22, and Zhou, 21, plan to take a little break from the daily training that competitive figure skating can demand and will return to college – Chen at Cornell and Zhou at Brun.

Zhou was devastated by being diagnosed with COVID in Beijing, sharing the news in a moving Instagram video from his hotel room. By the end of the Olympics he had accepted it as ‘bad luck’ and now he is looking to his future rather than dwelling on a missed opportunity.

“[I’m] definitely go back to Brown and take a full course load and just plan to fully immerse myself in college life,” he said, “as opposed to doing the ‘one foot in each world’ kind of thing that I did in 2019. It will definitely be different and I can’t wait to fully embrace it.

Chen said she hasn’t set any goals for her future as a skater, describing her mindset as “open-minded” on and off the ice.

There’s also another chance to compete in the US Figure Skating Championships in 2023, which will also be held in San Jose – the third time in the past decade that the SAP Center has hosted the national competition.

Both said they weren’t set on competing in next January’s championships, but Zhou said it would be “really, really special” to compete again in San Jose – the place where they both won. their spot on the 2018 Olympic team.

“Just the name of this arena, you see the name of this arena and you’re like, ‘Oh, this is going to be big, this is going to be special,'” Zhou said. “So instantly there’s this feeling of just wanting to make it special, wanting to put on a really good performance there.”

Chen added, “It’s super exciting to just have national championships in your hometown. I think anyone would attest to that. Every time you meet the hometown crowd, it’s such a special and amazing experience. So it’s really exciting to know that the national championships will be in this arena.

But if neither returns next year, Sunday could be the last time they perform on Bay Area ice. And the non-competitive Stars on Ice tour allowed for some thinking.

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Alysa Liu enjoys spinning with Stars on Ice – Figure Skaters Online https://figuristka.org/alysa-liu-enjoys-spinning-with-stars-on-ice-figure-skaters-online/ Thu, 12 May 2022 16:34:25 +0000 https://figuristka.org/alysa-liu-enjoys-spinning-with-stars-on-ice-figure-skaters-online/ By Claire Cloutier, collaborating editor of the FSO teamPhotos from Stars on Ice by Melanie Heaney At 16, Alysa Liu has already accomplished more than most figure skaters ever will. Liu is a two-time U.S. national champion and recently won a bronze medal at the 2022 World Figure Skating Championships. Liu’s career has been notable […]]]>

By Claire Cloutier, collaborating editor of the FSO team
Photos from Stars on Ice by Melanie Heaney

At 16, Alysa Liu has already accomplished more than most figure skaters ever will. Liu is a two-time U.S. national champion and recently won a bronze medal at the 2022 World Figure Skating Championships. Liu’s career has been notable for its accelerated timeline. She was only 10 years old when she first participated in the American Figure Skating Championships in 2016. And, at age 13, she became the youngest senior female champion in the United States. This winter, she was the youngest member of the US Olympic Winter Team in Beijing.

Last month, Liu announced his retirement from competitive figure skating. Her decision to step away from the sport at just 16 is consistent with the blistering pace of her skating career.

When Figure Skaters Online spoke with Liu before Stars on Ice‘s Boston shutdown, she expressed no doubt about her decision to retire. On the contrary, the 16-year-old is looking forward to having more time for family and friends, and pursuing other goals in life, including, most immediately, college. For now, she is enjoying the touring life and performing in front of the public with Stars on Ice.

FSO: Stars on Ice is your first big skating tour. How has it been so far?

Liu: It was really good. It was funny. It’s a bit tiring, doing shows almost every day. But I think it’s worth it to be with all my friends and tour across the United States

FSO: And you also did some fun stuff off the ice.

Liu: Yes. We have to go to Disney World, Florida. It was the craziest experience I have ever had. It was definitely a once in a lifetime thing that I will remember forever. We all had fun. Then yesterday [April 29] we went to hershey’s chocolate world [in Pennsylvania], where they have giant chocolates and stuff. We got to see lots of cool sweets they had, and I got a milkshake. So that was also fun. But I would say Disney World was probably the most fun. Or just stroll around New York.

FSO: On your Instagram you have shared some photos from the tour. There was a picture of you in a bunk on the bus. Do you often sleep on the bus or stay at the hotel every night?

Liu: We just slept on the tour bus last night, since we were coming from Hershey, and now we’re in Boston. So we had quite a long drive last night after the show. We slept on the tourist bus, and arrived at our hotel here at 6am. And I slept again.

FSO: What are some of the challenges of skating on tour for the public?

Liu: The shows are tiring and we have to do them back to back. But it’s not too difficult, because we have rest days. And the shows are really fun for me. I really like doing them, especially because the shows I do on the shows are my favorites.

FSO: Tell us about your show programs.

Liu: So I do two solo programs and four group programs with everyone. Group programs are probably my favorite thing to do. I look forward to them every time. For most of them we have matching outfits. And we all skate together, doing the same choreography. It’s really fun. For my solos, I do a program on “Loco” from Itzy, then another program from STAYC called “RUN2U”.

FSO: You recently announced your retirement from competition. It took the skating community a bit by surprise, because you’re so young. But it seems the reaction has been really positive and supportive from most people. How do you feel about that?

Liu: I feel good. I know a lot of people were shocked. But I think a lot of people understand where I’m coming from. I still have so many things I want to do in life. Like, I still can’t drive yet, so I really want to learn. For the past few years, I have barely been able to see my family and friends back home. And I get homesick when I train a lot. So I’ll go and hang out with them more.

FSO: You have four younger siblings, don’t you?

Liu: Yes. One of my sisters is 14 years old. And the triplets are 12 years old.

FSO: What do they think of your skating? Have they watched your competitions? Do they follow this part of your life?

Liu: They don’t really, actually. [Laughs] I only remember watching a few local competitions when I was younger. And the Olympics. It is more or less that.

FSO: What is their attitude towards your skateboarding?

Liu: They don’t really care about my retirement. Some of them are just happy that I’m home, and they can spend more time with me. I’m really close to all of them. We fight sometimes, of course. But I am very close to them. The triplets are really funny, and I never get bored when I’m with them. The things they do are very interesting. It’s really fun to hang out with them.

FSO: You said in your retirement announcement that you were glad you skated. What aspects of skating did you enjoy?

Liu: I met a lot of really cool people because of it. I had many new opportunities. In my eleven years of skating, I have received many life lessons and opportunities that I would not have had if I had not skated. So I’m glad I did.

FSO: You also said in an Instagram live stream recently that you don’t necessarily want to have much to do with skating in the future. What aspects of skateboarding did you not like so much?

Liu: The training was really tough mentally. Especially in the last few years, because I was alone most of the time. It was difficult, because I didn’t have the support of my friends and family. It is one thing I didn’t like. Sometimes the skate environment can get a little toxic. Especially with social media and all that. It’s like that. But if I can get away from that, that would be great. That’s also why I made the decision I made.

FSO: In your early years of training, you really pushed the technical limits, doing quads and triple Axels. Looking back, how do you feel about getting into this difficult technical content at a younger age?

Liu: It was certainly a lot easier when I was younger. So I didn’t think too much about it. But, growing up, it was much more difficult. Especially mentally. So yes, I decided not to push. I hurt myself once, when I had a hip injury. So I decided to stop doing quads. I quit for several reasons. I didn’t want to hurt myself beyond repair, you know? I don’t want surgery. Now my hip is fine. So I’m glad I stopped when I did.

FSO: In the future, I know you’re thinking about college. Do you keep the possibility of doing more skating tours in the future?

Liu: Yes, I’m definitely keeping it open. But it is not certain. My top three colleges would probably be UC Berkeley, Stanford, and Barnard. Yes, these are my first three. I’m applying, but I don’t know when I’ll start.

FSO: Good luck with your college applications!

Liu: Thank you!

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Shocking news is announced for figure skaters as global event is canceled due to pandemic https://figuristka.org/shocking-news-is-announced-for-figure-skaters-as-global-event-is-canceled-due-to-pandemic/ Wed, 11 May 2022 13:30:00 +0000 https://figuristka.org/shocking-news-is-announced-for-figure-skaters-as-global-event-is-canceled-due-to-pandemic/ Due to the pandemic, the world has seen an increase in cancellations and rescheduling of several international sporting events over the past two years. According to the latest developments, the International Skating Union (ISU) has decided not to hold the fourth leg of the 2022-23 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in China. ADVERTISEMENT The […]]]>

Due to the pandemic, the world has seen an increase in cancellations and rescheduling of several international sporting events over the past two years. According to the latest developments, the International Skating Union (ISU) has decided not to hold the fourth leg of the 2022-23 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in China.

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Has the ISU canceled the China Cup?

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Following advice from the Chinese Skating Association, the ISU has decided to cancel the series in China due to COVID-19 restrictions. This is the latest event affected in the country due to COVID-19 protocols.

Although the ISU canceled the Cup of China, the governing body has yet to confirm a host for the encounter. However, the union is looking for a country host the series.

China had regularly hosted the Figure Skating Grand Prix before the pandemic. However, in 2021, the country could not host the series due to the pandemic. Additionally, the cancellation of the series’ final leg in 2020 was also due to similar concerns.

Last year, the series finale was also canceled due to the imposition of travel restrictions in Osaka, Japan. This marked the cancellation of the Grand Prix Final for the second time in two years.

Previous Grand Prix of Figure Skating Cancellations

After canceling the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating China Cup last season, the ISU issued a statement that Lily, “The ISU has been informed of the cancellation of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating – Cup of China.”

The statement further adds, “The ISU regrets that the organization of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating – Cup of China is no longer viable and thanks the Chinese Figure Skating Association for its continued efforts and support.

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However, the ISU has yet to release a statement regarding the host country for the fourth leg of the series. Last year, the ISU moved the venue to Italy after China raised concerns about the series being held. It was the first time that Italy hosted a series of Grands Prix. However, the dates of the meeting remained the same. China has implemented a closed-loop management system in the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. With this system, they successfully staged both fixtures without seeing an increase in cases.

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But it seems unlikely that the country will host the China Cup series this year in light of the recent spike in infections. After the Rostelecom Cup, this is the second cancellation of a series this season.

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Figure skaters from Kuwait compete in Dubai International Tournament – ARAB TIMES https://figuristka.org/figure-skaters-from-kuwait-compete-in-dubai-international-tournament-arab-times/ Thu, 05 May 2022 18:40:26 +0000 https://figuristka.org/figure-skaters-from-kuwait-compete-in-dubai-international-tournament-arab-times/ WhatsApp Facebook Twitter E-mail Messenger KUWAIT, May 5: A Kuwaiti women’s figure skating delegation, consisting of 12 players, traveled to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday to participate in an international figure skating competition (Skate Emirates). The championship is set to kick off tomorrow in Dubai and run for three days amid huge international […]]]>





KUWAIT, May 5: A Kuwaiti women’s figure skating delegation, consisting of 12 players, traveled to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday to participate in an international figure skating competition (Skate Emirates). The championship is set to kick off tomorrow in Dubai and run for three days amid huge international attendance.

Team Kuwait National Figure Skating Team

Kuwaiti Winter Games Club Director Salem Al-Ajmai named the participating athletes to the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) before the start, Hessa Al-Saraawi, Jana Al-Shamlan, Sarah Al-Laho, Khairiya Al -Kandari, Sama Chragh, Hajar Al-Kandari, Nora Qutaina, Salma Al-Saqa, Elizabeth Frank, Jouri Al-Mulla, Lea Al-Qabandi and Modhawi Al-Hamdan. Al-Ajmi added that the club had organized a camp in Turkey and another at home to prepare for the tournament, praising the commitment and determination of the athletes. He also described the girls’ participation in this championship as an important event to showcase the progress of the game in Kuwait globally, especially as the game grows in popularity. He also highlighted the role of the board of directors led by Fhaid Al-Ajmi for their support. Also joining the delegation are board member Mubarak Al-Omani, national team supervisor Ghena Al-Fahad and coaches Alice Leopardi and Leia Faith. The Kuwait Winter Games Club includes five sports, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, Curling, Ice Skating and Speed ​​Skating (KUNA)





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Midland figure skaters win medals at showcase event https://figuristka.org/midland-figure-skaters-win-medals-at-showcase-event/ Thu, 28 Apr 2022 15:34:31 +0000 https://figuristka.org/midland-figure-skaters-win-medals-at-showcase-event/ Several members of the Midland Figure Skating Club recently visited the Michigan Showcase hosted by Brighton’s Ice House Skating Academy. Ciarra Franklin won first place in the pre-juvenile character qualifiers, then finished second in the finals while performing on the film’s “In My Dreams.” Fancy, and in Pre-Juvenile Emotional Performance she finished first in the […]]]>

Several members of the Midland Figure Skating Club recently visited the Michigan Showcase hosted by Brighton’s Ice House Skating Academy.

Ciarra Franklin won first place in the pre-juvenile character qualifiers, then finished second in the finals while performing on the film’s “In My Dreams.” Fancy, and in Pre-Juvenile Emotional Performance she finished first in the final skating to “I Hear a Symphony”. This victory propelled her to the Junior Parade of Champions, where she finished second.

Sera DiMuro Won In Pre-Preliminary Character By Skating To Film’s “Mother Knows Best” Tangledwhich qualified her for the Novice Parade of Champions, where she took third place.


Sisters Claire Britton and Julia Britton finished third from Showcase Production while performing on the Journey Into Imagination drama team, and Noa Santos-Claramount took first place from Free Skate Light Entertainment skating to “Everybody Wants to be a Cat”. Her victory qualified her for the Novice Parade of Champions, where she placed fourth.

Avery Martin took first place in Basic Skills while performing on the film’s “Naughty” Matildaqualifying her for the Novice Parade of Champions, where she placed sixth.

In Showcase Production, ice theater team Midland Misfits finished fourth with a performance titled “Empower Yourself”. The team was made up of teen and adult skaters of varying skill levels including Sue Bakke, Sofia Behnke, Jodi Britton, Kaylee Davenport, Dana Fuerst, Kira Fuerst, Brett Greathouse, Lynne Greathouse, Makayla Greathouse, Makayla Maier, Nancy Morrow, Susie Schulz , Kimberlee Ward, Katie Wrobel and Madison Zielinski.

Meanwhile, MFSC’s Isa Alvelo-Moreno recently competed in East Lansing at the Van Camp Invitational and landed all of his jumps to take third place in the youth short program. She also placed first in juvenile jumps and spins.

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Mount Arrowsmith figure skaters finish strong at FunSkate competition – Port Alberni Valley News https://figuristka.org/mount-arrowsmith-figure-skaters-finish-strong-at-funskate-competition-port-alberni-valley-news/ Mon, 11 Apr 2022 12:30:00 +0000 https://figuristka.org/mount-arrowsmith-figure-skaters-finish-strong-at-funskate-competition-port-alberni-valley-news/ Mount Arrowsmith figure skaters finish strong at FunSkate competition Star Skaters 1. The back row is Gitanjali Sharma, Emery Auerbach, Tessa Auerbach and Amiko Poole. In the front row, Flora Poole, Blake Netzer and Hannah Lloyd. (PHOTO SUBMITTED) Special Olympics skaters: Matthew MacDonald, Kari Trott and Jamie […]]]>


Mount Arrowsmith figure skaters finish strong at FunSkate competition




Star Skaters 1. The back row is Gitanjali Sharma, Emery Auerbach, Tessa Auerbach and Amiko Poole. In the front row, Flora Poole, Blake Netzer and Hannah Lloyd. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)
Special Olympics skaters: Matthew MacDonald, Kari Trott and Jamie Amos.  (PHOTO SUBMITTED)Special Olympics skaters: Matthew MacDonald, Kari Trott and Jamie Amos. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)
Senior skaters: Marie Adby, Mirissa Burrows and Devin Guy.  (PHOTO SUBMITTED)Senior skaters: Marie Adby, Mirissa Burrows and Devin Guy. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)
Star 2 skaters: Danica Knezevic, Corah Lloyd, Ella Spence and Katie Bruvall.  (PHOTO SUBMITTED)Star 2 skaters: Danica Knezevic, Corah Lloyd, Ella Spence and Katie Bruvall. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

Mount Arrowsmith skaters are back on the ice in Port Alberni.

On March 4, 2022, the Mount Arrowsmith Skating Club hosted a mock competition for skaters. A judge from the Vancouver Island area came to watch the skaters perform their elements and routines and gave them feedback on their performance.

It was perfect timing, as two weeks later a FunSkate competition was postponed to make up for the two canceled competitions this season.

March 18 to 20, 2022 FunSkate competition results:

Special Olympics

Level 1: Jamie Amos – Gold

Level 2: Matthew MacDonald – Gold

Level 3: Kari Trott – Gold

Star 1

Gitanjali Sharma – Bronze

Emery Auerbach – Bronze

Tessa Auerbach – Silver

Amiko Poole – Gold

Flora Poole – Silver

Blake Netzer – Silver

Hannah Lloyd – Silver

Star 2

Corah Lloyd – Gold

Katie Bruvall – Gold

Star 5

Devin Guy – First

Star 6

Marie Adby – Second

Star 7

Devin Guy – Third

Star 9

Mirissa Burrows – Sixth

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After a two-year hiatus, NOTL figure skaters get a chance to show off their skills https://figuristka.org/after-a-two-year-hiatus-notl-figure-skaters-get-a-chance-to-show-off-their-skills/ Wed, 06 Apr 2022 16:44:07 +0000 https://figuristka.org/after-a-two-year-hiatus-notl-figure-skaters-get-a-chance-to-show-off-their-skills/ The Meridian Credit Union Arena was overflowing with youthful cheers and sparkling uniforms on April 1 as figure skating made a post-pandemic comeback. “It’s amazing to be back,” Amelia Stephenson said as she prepared to hit the ice Friday night. It was Amelia’s very first figure skating challenge. She was originally scheduled to make her […]]]>

The Meridian Credit Union Arena was overflowing with youthful cheers and sparkling uniforms on April 1 as figure skating made a post-pandemic comeback.

“It’s amazing to be back,” Amelia Stephenson said as she prepared to hit the ice Friday night.

It was Amelia’s very first figure skating challenge. She was originally scheduled to make her competitive debut in 2020, but that was canceled due to the pandemic.

As a result, there was a long waiting period for the day to show its movements.

“It’s both scary and fun,” she said.

Amelia said one of her best skills is her spirals and she definitely showed them when she hit the ice.

But a skater has to skate.

“I couldn’t go on the ice much during the pandemic. Most of the time I was roller skating.

The girls gathered at the arena on Friday for the first Star Challenge held at NOTL since the pandemic began.

“This is the time for pre-junior, junior and intermediate figure skaters to practice their skating routines, in a safe, non-competitive environment,” Lara Davidson said in an email on behalf of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Skating. Club.

“For the first time in two years, passionate skaters will have the chance to show off everything they’ve learned over the past few months to their friends and family.

In an interview at the arena, Davidson said it was vitally important that young athletes be able to start training again.

“2020 was the last time they were preparing for a (Star challenge) and then it got canceled and 2021 was kind of broke,” she said.

“So it’s been two years now and this year has been a bit better – more consistent. But, it looks like they’ve lost a year.

Heather Whitson said she was very happy to see her daughter back on the ice.

“It’s wonderful. This club makes these girls feel so special. They’ve been anticipating this for weeks, years, even,” Whitson said in an interview.

She said her daughter Taylor has been able to go to some outdoor rinks for the past two years, but lacked the structure provided by the Tiered Star Skating program.

Taylor coyly said it was good to get back on the ice and that she missed figure skating during the pandemic.

She shared some wise words as to why she loves skating.

“It’s because you can learn new things every day,” the seven-year-old said, unwittingly giving expert advice to anyone between the ages of one and 93.

As Taylor was being interviewed, a group of seven-year-olds stood nearby and watched intently. After the interview, they rushed over and said, “So are we going to be in the news too?”

When told they could pose for a photo, the group lit up like a Christmas tree and struggled to figure out who should stand where for their photoshoot.

“It’s just fun to figure skate,” said Norah Palmer, who received the Most Athletic Pre-Junior Skater award.

“I like to jump” her friend Added Kayla Thwaites. Kayla was named Pre-Junior Skater of the Year.

“It’s just the moves that I love,” Everett Oprendek said.

Julia Lebedev said she struggled during the pandemic because she couldn’t practice.

“I didn’t have a very tight grip on it. But since I started working with it, I’ve become very close to it,” Julia said.

Julia said she used to take classes at the Gale Center Arena in Niagara Falls.

“But at the Gale Center, they don’t teach you much. This place teaches you more,” she said.

“At the Gale Centre, I couldn’t make any moves. I couldn’t even lift my foot, but now I figure skate with no problem.

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Japan’s male figure skaters vying for historic world champion medal sweep https://figuristka.org/japans-male-figure-skaters-vying-for-historic-world-champion-medal-sweep/ Thu, 24 Mar 2022 14:49:00 +0000 https://figuristka.org/japans-male-figure-skaters-vying-for-historic-world-champion-medal-sweep/ The Japanese men are first, second and third after the short program at the world figure skating championships, seeking the first men’s medal sweep since 1956. Shoma Uno, who has five silver or bronze medals between the Olympics and world championships, is in line for her first gold before Saturday’s free skate. Uno hit a […]]]>

The Japanese men are first, second and third after the short program at the world figure skating championships, seeking the first men’s medal sweep since 1956.

Shoma Uno, who has five silver or bronze medals between the Olympics and world championships, is in line for her first gold before Saturday’s free skate. Uno hit a quad flip and a quad toe-triple toe loop combination for a personal best 109.63 points.

Only Olympic champions Nathan Chen and Yuzuru Hanyuwho miss worlds with injuries, have never scored higher.

Uno is followed by the Olympic silver medalist Yuma Kagiyama and Kazuki Tomonoa veteran who finished fifth in his previous appearance at the world championships in 2018. Japan can become the first nation to sweep the men’s medals since the Americans Hayes Jenkins, Ronnie Robertson and David Jenkins did so at the 1955 and 1956 Worlds, as well as the 1956 Olympics.

Americans Ilia Malinin and Vincent Zhu are fourth and sixth. Everyone tried two quads, like the Japanese.

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Malinin, 17 and the youngest American to compete at the world championships since 1966, hit a quad Lutz and quad toe to break the 100-point barrier with a personal best 18.85 points. He is 0.96 points behind Tomono. Four men have beaten 100 points in the same short program for the second time in history (2018 Olympics), according to SkatingScores.com.

In January, Malinin finished second in his senior national championship debut, but was dropped from the Olympic team three for the more experienced Zhou and Jason Brown.

“I really think that [short program] gave everyone, to show, that I was definitely meant to go to Beijing and I was meant to be there,” said Malinin, who plans four quads in the free skate.

Zhou, who was kicked out of individual Olympic competition due to a positive COVID test, had one of his quads called undershot.

He repeated comments from before the world championships, saying the past few weeks since returning from China have been “absolute hell”, that many days he couldn’t bring himself to put on skates to s training and when he took to the ice he immediately felt crushed, helpless and like a failure.

He couldn’t complete a full program in training last week – “couldn’t even get a good jump” – and nearly gave up two or three days before flying to France.

“Once I made the decision to come, there was a little mental shift,” Zhou said. “Since I’ve been here, I’ve been skating pretty well.

“Just being here is a big win for me.”

The world championships continue later Thursday with the pairs free skating. The Americans finished first and second in the short program, looking to claim the nation’s first couple title since 1979.

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Local figure skaters see success at Thunder Bay competition – Fort Frances Times https://figuristka.org/local-figure-skaters-see-success-at-thunder-bay-competition-fort-frances-times/ Wed, 23 Mar 2022 19:28:37 +0000 https://figuristka.org/local-figure-skaters-see-success-at-thunder-bay-competition-fort-frances-times/ Emma Rae Pattison and Samantha Halliday attended the Thunder Bay Open figure skating competition on March 4-5, with both skaters returning home with medals. Pattison won two silver medals in elements and her second star in the free skate. Halliday clocked a personal best 19.88 in her short program and won the gold medal. His […]]]>

Emma Rae Pattison and Samantha Halliday attended the Thunder Bay Open figure skating competition on March 4-5, with both skaters returning home with medals.

Pattison won two silver medals in elements and her second star in the free skate.

Halliday clocked a personal best 19.88 in her short program and won the gold medal. His 10 star freeskate earned him a silver medal. Halliday has qualified for the Ontario Provincial Championships later this week in Mississauga. Halliday finished third in a field of 143 to qualify for the short program and 16th in a field of 32 to qualify his long program. Halliday says she is thrilled to be going to provincials and would like to thank all of her sponsors, friends and family for their support.

The Border Skating Club will also perform its annual ‘Happily Ever After’ ice show on Sunday, April 3 at 2 p.m. at the Memorial Sports Center on the lce for Kids rink. Admission to the event will be by free donation. President Sandra McNay said that with the effects of Covid and the inability to hold an ice show for the past two years, “we thought as a club we would like to give back and open it up to anyone who wants to come watch without obligation to pay,” she said.

Donations will be collected for KidSport, a local organization that helps kids break down financial barriers to joining a sport they love.


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