Friday, February 27, 2009

Winter Games alive and well for resort skaters

Basic skills and non-test events for SVFSC

Sun Valley "Winter Games" figure skaters. Front row, from left, Antonia Avery, Sheldon Gentling, Lydia Morgan, Caroline Hold, Marcella Fisher, Noelle Weaver, Hayley Allen, Isabella Bourret, Arizona Semones, Tara Ware, Blair Baker, Alexandra Harten, Nicole Pratt. Middle row, from left, Karsyn Gerringa, Blake Letourneau, Claire fisher, Alex Steussi, Emma Steussi, Travis Flynt, Emelia Morgan, Claire Stickney, Top row, from left, Gracie Eagan, Caitlin Sholtis, Lane Letourneau, Lauren Jacobs, Claire Siderman.

Although the official 2009 Idaho Winter Games was cancelled this year, the Sun Valley Figure Skating Club (SVFSC) went ahead and hosted its own Sun Valley Winter Games on Saturday, Feb. 21.

Competing were 62 skaters, mostly from Blaine County. The vast majority competed in Basic Skills and no-test events. A handful of local test-level skaters rounded out the roster.

Locals earning gold were:

Nicole Pratt, Caitlin Sholtis, Claire Siderman, Emma Stuessi, Sarah Brown, Samantha Bunting, Arizona Semones, Tara Ware, Travis Flynt, Isabella Bourret, Noelle Weaver, Blair Baker, Blake Letourneau, Chloe Barrymore, Claire Fisher, Hayley Allen, Alice Haberson, Sheldon Gentling, Aurora Wilkinson, Antonio Avery, Shea Kelly and Caroline Hold.

Five from Sun Valley—Chloe Barrymore, Maebrianna Webb, Alice Haberson, Aurora Wilkinson and Tallulah Gilbreath—experienced Winter Games as their first competitive skating event.

Distinguished figure skating judges from Washington, Wyoming and Ohio officiated with resident judges David Hold, Lolly Jensen and Barbara Stuns. Following the competition, SVFSC hosted a United States Figure Skating Test session for skaters seeking to establish or raise their USFS ranking in Freeskate, Moves in the Field and Ice Dancing.


Novice Ladies—Interpretive: Julianna Lamb.

Intermediate Ladies—Short Program: 1—Nicole Pratt. Freeskate: 4—Nicole Pratt.

Preliminary Level—Freeskate: 5—Gracie Eagan and Caitlin Sholtis. Artistic: 1—Sholtis. 4—Eagan. Showcase: 2—Sholtis.

Pre-Preliminary Level, Compulsory Moves: 2—Lauren Jacobs. Freeskate: 4—Jacobs. Showcase: 1—Claire Siderman. 3—Jacobs. Interpretive: 1—Siderman.

Nontest Level, Freeskate: 1—Emma Stuessi. Showcase: 1—Emma Steussi.

FS Level 6, Freeskate: 1—Sarah Brown. 2—Samantha Bunting. Artistic: 1—Bunting. 2—Brown.

FS Level 5-6, Showcase: 1—Arizona Semones. 2—Sarah Brown. 3—Travis Flynt.

FS Level 5, Freeskate: 1—Tara Ware. 2—Travis Flynt. 3—Arizona Semones. Artistic: 1—Flynt. 2—Ware. 3—Semones.

FS Level 4, Freeskate: 1—Isabella Bourret. 3—Blair Baker. 4—Alex Stuessi. 5—Noelle Weaver. Artistic: 1 (tie)—Weaver and Baker. Showcase: 1—Stuessi. 2—Baker. 3—Bourret.

FS Level 3, Freeskate: 1—Blake Letourneau. 2—Claire Stickney. 3—Lane Letourneau.

FS Level 1-6, Interpretive: 1—Noelle Weaver. 2—Travis Flynt. 3—Tara Ware. 4—Isabella Bourret. 5—Blair Baker.

FS Level 1-3, Artistic: 1—Blake Letourneau. 2—Lane Letourneau. 3—Claire Stickney. Showcase: 1—Blake Letourneau. 2—Lane Letourneau. 3—Claire Stickney.

FS Level 1, Freeskate: 1—Chloe Barrymore.

Basic 8, Freeskate: 1—Claire Fisher. Compulsory: 1—Fisher.

Basic 7, Freeskate: 1—Hayley Allen. 2—Karsyn Gerringa. 3—Sheldon Gentling.

Basic 6, Freeskate: 1—Alice Haberson. 2—Isabella Cronin. 3—Maebrianna Webb.

Basic 4-8, Artistic: 1—Sheldon Gentling. 2—Karsyn Gerringa. 3—Hayley Allen. Interpretive: 1—Gentling. 2—Claire Fisher. 3—Gerringa. 4—Allen. Showcase: 1—Gentling. 2—Allen. 3—Gerringa.

Basic 3, Freeskate: 1—Aurora Wilkinson. 2—Marcella Fisher. 3—Tallulah Gibreath. Compulsory Moves: 1—Antonia Avery. 2—Marcella Fisher. 3—Emelia Morgan.

Basic 2, Freeskate: 1—Shea Kelly. Compulsory Moves: 1—Caroline Hold. 2—Lydia Morgan.

Basic 1-3, Showcase: 1—Antonia Avery. Interpretive: 1—Caroline Hold. 2—Emelia Morgan. 3—Marcella Fisher. 5—Lydia Morgan.


The following skaters passed USFS tests:

Freeskate Tests—Junior FS: Julianna Lamb; Juvenile FS: Telar McClure; Pre Juvenile FS: Alexandra Harten; Preliminary FS-Caitlin Sholtis, Claire Siderman and Lex Shapiro; Lauren Jacobs and Mackenzie Caputo.

Moves in the Field Tests—Novice: Alexandra Harten; Intermediate: Telar McClure; Pre Juvenile: Caitlin Sholtis and Abby Chase; Pre Preliminary: Lauren Jacobs, Sarah Brown, Samantha Bunting and Blair Baker.

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