Friday, July 20, 2007

Sun Valley hosts ice skating championships

Two hundred skaters set to compete in national competition

Lauren Farr performs at last summer?s Sun Valley Figure Skating Club ice fashion fundraiser. This year?s show, entitled ?City of Dreams: A Fashion Extravaganza on Ice,? is set for Aug. 8. But before that, SVFSC is hosting the 2007 Sun Valley Summer Figure Skating Championships that started Thursday and run through the weekend. Photo by Chris Pilaro

Some 200 figure skaters have registered to compete this week in the 2007 Sun Valley Summer Figure Skate Championships that started Thursday at the Sun Valley outdoor ice skating rink.

The annual competition, hosted by the Sun Valley Figure Skating Club, is sanctioned by the U.S. Figure Skating Association and attracts competitive skaters from throughout the U.S.

SVFSC publicity chair Andrea Nelson said this year's competition will be one of the largest in Sun Valley's history.

Also in the works for SVFSC is its annual ice fashion fundraiser. Entitled "City of Dreams: A Fashion Extravaganza on Ice," the show is set for Aug.8 on the outdoor skating rink.

This year's summer figure skating championships kicked off Thursday with junior test level compulsory spins and moves and the intermediate-senior ladies short programs.

Set for today from 8 a.m. to 8:10 p.m. are senior test level free skating events and non-test interpretive performances.

Skating continues Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5:10 p.m. Senior test level artistic events and basic skills competitions will be held.

The competition concludes Sunday with showcase performances set for 10 a.m. through 3:50 p.m.

All events are free for spectators. For more information or specific test or performance times visit

City of Dreams fashion show

This year's SVFSC ice fashion fundraiser is set to begin at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

"This one of a kind annual gala showcases the hottest, sassiest styles," says a SVFSC press release. "See what's flying off the racks of our local boutiques, modeled by professional ice show stars and Sun Valley Figure Skating Club skaters of all ages."

A silent and live auction will follow the show. Auction items include a Sun Valley season ski pass, a Cruiser bike and an Orcas Island vacation.

Tickets for the event are $5 and may be purchased at the ice skating rink or at Chapter One Bookstore in Ketchum.

More information is available at (208) 622-8020.

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