Several local and non-resident figure skaters tested for U.S. Figure Skating (USFS) ranking in Moves in the Field, freeskate and ice dancing Saturday, Aug. 23.
Eight Sun Valley skaters proudly left the quiet, serious atmosphere on the indoor rink with passing marks.
Wood River High School freshman Alyssa Krenz, 14, tested with such skill and mastery that she achieved a dream of passing a USFS Gold Test. Krenz passed her Senior gold level Moves In The Field test.
Alyssa began skating at age four. She credits her success to mother and father Angie and Daniel Krenz, to the generous support of her good friend Jane Hocking, and also to her skating coaches Anita Hartshorn and Frank Sweiding.
In addition to her own practice schedule, Alyssa volunteers her time helping with the Sun Valley Summer Championships competition.
Other Sun Valley club skaters who passed USFS tests included Robert Sweet, 85, Senior Status U.S. Federal Judge in New York. Judge Sweet passed the Pre-Silver Adult Master's 14-Step Ice Dance.
Sun Valley Ice Show ensemble cast member Winter Rose, 18, passed Preliminary level ice dances and Pre-Bronze dances, a total of six tests.
Alexandra Harten passed the Pre-Silver 14-Step ice dance, Claire Siderman passed both Pre-Juvenile Moves in the Field and the Preliminary Canasta Tango ice dance, Abby Chase passed the Pre-Bronze Swing Dance, Dyllan Millar, passed all three Preliminary Dances, and Gracie Eagan passed both her Pre-Preliminary Freeskate and Pre-Preliminary Moves in the Field test.
The USFS judging panel for the test session included three Blaine County residents, David Hold, Barbara Stuns and test chair Lolly Jensen.