Friday, March 12, 2010

Figure skater Pratt earns gold for her moves

SVFSC skaters pass their tests

Nicole Pratt Courtesy photo

Competitive figure skater and Wood River High School freshman Nicole Pratt, 14, became a U.S. Figure Skating gold medalist in Moves In the Field at a test session during the recent Idaho Winter Games skating competition in Sun Valley.

Pratt's achievement culminates 10 years of year-round weekly training.

It marks a progression through eight progressively challenging test levels where the quality of edges, balance, speed, power, presentation and overall skating are evaluated by certified judges. Nicole became one of an elite group of less than 10 Sun Valley skaters to pass a Gold Moves Test in the last six years.

She began skating 10 years ago in Sun Valley Figure Skating Club's "Skate With Us," group classes for beginning skaters. Well known professional skater and instructor Darlin Baker was Nicole's first coach and continues to be her primary coach.

< Pratt is a talented show skater as well as a technical skater. She hopes someday to become a professional featured soloist in the Sun Valley Summer Ice Shows.

The 2007 Pre Juvenile Northwest Pacific Regionals Champion has a 4.0 GPA in high school. She participates in community service programs, and she enjoys extracurricular school activities like track, volleyball, Environmental Club and FCCLA.

She also passed her Novice Freeskate test at Winter Games.

Other Sun Valley skaters who passed tests included were Winter Rose, Alexandra Harten, Telar McClure, Caitlin Scholtis, Abby Chase, Grace Hoffman, Dyllan Millar, Lane Letourneau, Katie Peters, Claire Stickney, Tara Ware, Emma Stuessi, Aurora Wilkinson, Lauren Jacobs, Travis Flynt, Arizona Semones, Isabella Bourret, Rod Harten, Lisa-Marie Allen and Alexa Linden of Medford, Oregon.

Here is a list of passed tests:

Wnter Rose, who passed three tests to complete her Silver Ice Dance level; Alexandra Harten, who passed Junior Moves, Juvenile Freeskate and completed her Pre-Silver Level Ice Dance level; Telar McClure, who passed Intermediate Freeskate; Caitlin Scholtis, who passed Juvenile Freeskate, Abby Chase, who completed her Bronze Level Ice Dances and also passed the Fourteen Step and Intermediate Free Dance tests. Grace Hoffman passed three dance tests to complete her Preliminary Dances Level. Dyllan Millar, Lane Letourneau, Katie Peters, Claire Stickney, Tara Ware and Grace Hoffman passed Preliminary Moves, and Lane Letourneau, Emma Stuessi and Aurora Wilkinson passed Pre-Preliminary Moves. Lauren Jacobs, Tara Ware, Emma Stuessi, Travis Flynt, Arizona Semones and Isabella Bourret passed Pre-Preliminary Freeskate. Adult skater Rod Harten passed Adult Pre-Bronze Moves, and former Olympic Ladies Freeskater Lisa-Marie Allen, who recently began ice dancing, passed no less than five different ice dances to complete both her Preliminary and Pre-Bronze Ice Dance levels. The SVFSC would also like to congratulate associate member and good friend of the club, Alexa Linden of Medford, Oregon, for passing her Viennese Waltz and becoming a USFS Gold Medalist in Ice Dancing.

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