Archive | January, 2012

National Skating Month Events

15 Jan

National Skating Month is at its mid-point, have you been to an event yet?

Click here for an entire list of events for National Skating Month.

Click here to see a great event at in Bloomington, Minn. taking place on Jan. 16th.

Click here to see a great event in Clayton, N.Y.

Click here for more information on Downtown Ice in San Jose, Calif. including U.S. Figure Skating SkateFests on Jan. 21 and Jan. 29.

Click here for even more from National Skating Month!

Who is Your Inspiration?

12 Jan

Since January is National Skating Month, we asked our skaters who inspires them? Find out who inspires Adam Rippon, Alissa Czisny, Ashley Cain and Joshua Reagan. Who inspires you? Post in the comment section on here, Facebook or send us a message @USFigureSkating on Twitter!

U.S. Olympians Skate Against Breast Cancer in New York’s Bryant Park

11 Jan

By Lynn Rutherford

Spring-like weather, with temperatures hovering around 60 degrees, added to the festive atmosphere on Jan. 7, when New York’s Citi Pond at Bryant Park hosted “The Skate Against Breast Cancer,” presented by Iced Pink Inc., a 501 (c) (3) public charity promoting breast cancer awareness.

The event, hosted by 1968 and 1972 U.S. Olympian JoJo Starbuck, who won three U.S. pair titles with partner Ken Shelley, and 2002 U.S. Olympic bronze medalist Timothy Goebel, drew a cast of Olympians including 2006 world champion and 2007 U.S. champion Kimmie Meissner; 2007 U.S. silver medalist Emily Hughes; four-time U.S. ice dance silver medalists Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov; 1995 U.S. champion and world bronze medalist Nicole Bobek; and newly formed pair of Eve Chalom, two-time U.S. ice dance silver medalist and Jonathan Hunt, the 2003 world junior pair medalist.

2002 Olympic champion Sarah Hughes joined the co-hosts on ice to speak about her family’s fight against breast cancer and introduce sister Emily, and the finale featured dozens of young skaters from the New York area.

For Nancy Sherman, who founded Iced Pink with fellow skating mom and breast cancer survivor Bari Cenname, it was a dream fulfilled.

“It’s wonderful all of these Olympians are here today and they’re volunteering their time, and 30 children are going to be skating in the show,” Sherman, a Long Island attorney whose 10-year-old daughter, Illana, competed in the pre-juvenile ranks this season, said.

“This is what I envisioned: to have Olympic skaters and other world skaters volunteer, skate and be a positive influence on all of these young, aspiring skaters, so that they can also skate in shows and make people aware of the causes and symptoms of breast cancer.”

Many of the show’s performers have been personally touched by the disease. Emily and Sarah’s mother, Amy Beth, is a breast cancer survivor, as was Starbuck’s mother. Gregory lost her mother, Dale, to another form of cancer. After her 15-year-old friend, Kati, died of the disease, Meissner began working with the Cool Kids Campaign to improve the quality of life for children diagnosed with cancer and their families.

Sherman, who was diagnosed in 2001, is determined to fight the disease with education and information.

“My youngest daughter [Illana] is an avid figure skater and after spending so much time at the rink on a daily basis, it occurred to me I should create an organization in which young figure skaters would be able to increase breast cancer awareness,” she said.  “So I asked [Cenname], another breast cancer survivor and mother, if she was interested, and she agreed. We enlisted Shannon [Leigh] Lenihan, who is an excellent choreographer and coach who we know from the Great Neck Parkwood Rink, and she was thrilled to help. “

The show, free to hundreds of spectators who gathered in the park, offered an entertaining and diverse group of programs.

Illana Sherman and Brooke Cenname dedicated their programs to their breast cancer survivor mothers. Another young competitor, 2010 juvenile ladies’ champion Dalia Rivkin, performed a stellar routine to music from The Matrix.

Emily Hughes, a recent Harvard graduate who is moving back to the New York area after accepting a job with Deloitte, performed to Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson’s lyrical “Winter Song.” Bobek took the ice for the fast-paced disco anthem “I Will Survive.” Gregory and Petukhov offered up an elegantly dramatic program to “Time to Say Goodbye,” while Chalom and Hunt charmed the crowd with “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” choreographed by Ice Theatre of New York’s Doug Webster. Meissner closed the show with Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” highlighted by a huge double Axel.

For Goebel, an analytic consultant with Nielson whose professional life rules out training for performances, it was a chance to aide an important cause while reconnecting with old friends.

“I get asked to do shows and things like this every so often and my office schedule doesn’t really allow me to skate at all, so if I can do this kind of thing and still help out, I’m more than happy to do it,” Goebel, who graduated from Columbia University in May 2010 with a mathematics degree, said. “I got to come and see all my former peers and it’s for a great cause, plus its fun to sort of get back to my roots and skating family.”

Citi Pond donated an hour of ice time.  Although the event was free to the public, raffle tickets and VIP seating were sold, and Iced Pink Inc. will donate net profits from the event to the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program at Adelphi University in Garden City, Long Island.  The toll-free breast cancer hotline answers almost 4,000 calls each year. For more information, please visit www.adelphi.edu/nysbreastcancer/Index.html. Learn more about Iced Pink Inc. on its Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/IcedPinkInc

To view a photo gallery of the event, click here.

Pre-Event Conference Calls: Davis & White and Czisny

10 Jan

Today, reigning U.S. Champions Meryl Davis & Charlie White and Alissa Czisny took questions from members of the media in advance of the 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif. from Jan. 22-29.

On social media before the call, we asked fans to submit questions with the anticipation of asking two on each call, however, due to time constraints, we only had time to ask one each. Thanks to everyone who asked a question and we wanted to let you know that there will be a great opportunity to ask questions while we are in San Jose as we attempt to make this the most interactive U.S. Championships on record for our fans who follow the sport online.

Charlie White – ” I think we feel very comfortable with the elements and the musicality and the outward expression of the program, we really just want to improve, and we feel we really have improved upon, communicating with each other during the program and showing that side”

Meryl Davis added ” After the Grand Prix Final we took a look at the program and wanted to make sure we were enhancing the tenderness and emotion in relation to one another.”

Many of the great questions we received for Alissa Czisny were about how she copes mentally with the sport, here is her response to the many who asked this question.

Alissa Czisny – “I think in the past I didn’t know how to do that (cope), but now after last year making all the changes, I feel like all I can do is train my best and go out in the competition and do my best. The results, ultimately, are not in my hands, but I can control how I skate on the ice and how I prepare to skate my best”

Czisny also mentioned that despite the injury she picked up during the Grand Prix Final, she is 100% and ready to compete at the U.S. Championships.

December Issue – SKATING magazine and Other Links

6 Jan

Each month we will post the past month’s edition of SKATING. Click on the cover to view the entire magazine.

Other links of note:

The 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships are almost here! For more information or for tickets: http://www.skatesanjose2012.com/

Michelle Kwan, the most decorated figure skater in American history, is the lone member of the 2012 U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame Class. For tickets to the Hall of Fame Induction Reception in San Jose, Calif. click here: http://bit.ly/zulFL9

*Note Kwan will be recognized on-ice at on January 28th during the Championship Ladies Free Skate.

The ISU Four Continents Championships are coming to Colorado Springs and tickets start at just $9. For more information: http://www.2012fourcontinents.com/

U.S. Figure Skating National Skating Month Video Contest

5 Jan

This year, National Skating Month celebrates its 10th anniversary, and to celebrate, U.S. Figure Skating hosted a video contest. Skaters who passed a Pre-Preliminary test (moves in the field or free skate) in the last six months were invited to record a 30-second video explaining why they love figure skating. This year’s winner, 10-year-old Maya Schwartz of Skating Club of San Francisco stood out with her enthusiastic and unique video. As the winner, her video will be played on the Jumbotron at many U.S. Figure Skating events including U.S. Championships and Four Continents. She will also receive tickets to the Smucker’s Skating Spectacular at U.S. Championships at the end of January and a prize pack from U.S. Figure Skating.

Here’s Maya’s video:

Four runner ups were also selected and will receive a prize pack from U.S. Figure Skating. The runner ups include Christina Bouwman of Portland Ice Skating Club, Emily Warren of Skating Club of Amherst, Trevor Bucek of Northern Ice Figure Skating Club, and Karin Buffie and Jacia Christiansen of Eagan Ice Crystal Figure Skating Club. Look below to see their videos!

Christina:

Trevor:

Karin and Jacia:

Emily:

Thanks to everyone for submitting a video, it really is Great to Skate!

SKATING Magazine Cover – January

4 Jan

Every month we will unveil the new cover for the upcoming issue of SKATING magazine. Here is the cover for the January issue:

This is the eighth solo cover for Michelle Kwan, the most of anyone in history. To see the other seven covers, click here.

National Skating Month is Here!

1 Jan

Every January, U.S. Figure Skating celebrates National Skating Month. This year’s festivities will kick off with “Caesars Tribute II: A Salute to the Ladies of the Ice” airing on NBC on Jan. 1st from 4-6 p.m. (ET).

The show features a cast that includes World and Olympic ladies champions. Peggy Fleming, the 1968 Olympic champion, is honored during the show which took place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.

National Skating Month, hosted annually, is in its 10th year and is an opportunity for rinks and local skating programs to celebrate skating, invite members to perform and host activities that will attract new families to the wonderful world of skating. Through a series of organized on- and off-ice activities, National Skating Month hopes to show that everyone can have have a fun-filled day at the rink.

For more information on National Skating Month and to find a National Skating Month event near you, visit www.NationalSkatingMonth.com. Be sure to check back here as we’ll have full coverage of National Skating Month leading up to and through the U.S. Championships in San Jose, Calif.

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