Friday, June 26, 2009

Figure skaters achieve goals in Boise meet

Six SVFSC youngsters compete

Sun Valley skaters competing in Boise were, top row, from left, Caitlin Sholtis, Lauren Jacobs and Alexandra Harten; center, from left, Alex Stuessi and Emma Stuessi; and, in front, Caroline Hold. Photo by

The Boise Ice Classic drew six Sun Valley Figure Skating Club (SVFSC) kids to the Treasure Valley last weekend to try their skills against talent from Washington, Oregon and other Idaho skating clubs.

All six local skaters won medals in at least one event. Winning gold were Lauren Jacobs, Emma Stuessi, Alex Steussi and Caroline Hold (twice).

Alexandra Harten, 11, and Caitlin Sholtis, 12, represented the SVFSC at the highest level for this competition, Pre Juvenile. Harten won two silver medals and Sholtis took fourth place in Freeskate and Showcase events. Sholtis won the bronze in Compulsory Spins.

Lauren Jacobs, 13, a Wood River Middle School eighth-grader, competed at the Pre-Preliminary level. She won first place in Compulsory Moves, second in Showcase and third in Freeskate.


Competing at the Non-Test level, 10-year-old Emma Stuessi won first in Showcase and third in Freeskate. Her sister, Alex Stuessi, 8, won first in Basic Skills 3-4 Showcase and third in Freeskate. Competing in Basic Skills 2, Caroline Hold, 5, won first place in Elements and Freeskate.

Also in Boise last weekend, Hemingway Elementary School fourth-grade student and competitive ice dancer Abby Chase, 9, passed her USFS Juvenile Moves In the Field test.

This qualifies her to compete in Juvenile Ice Dance this season. Abby and her Seattle-based partner, Alex Sullivan, recently won both the Juvenile Compulsory Dance and the Juvenile Free Dance events at the Seattle Icefest competition.

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