Friday, February 25, 2011

Moellenberg is a USFS double gold medalist

Sun Valley figure skater

Shayna Moellenberg Courtesy photo

     The Sun Valley Figure Skating Club (SVFSC) said that member Shayna Moellenberg has become the newest U.S. Figure Skating double gold medalist in Free Skate following her successful Senior Ladies Free Skate test Feb. 13 in Sun Valley.

     CommunitySchool sophomore Moellenberg, an honors student, has been skating since the age of 5. Her accomplishment represents 11 years of year-round training and progression through two testing tracks, Moves in the Field and Free Skate, each of which has eight test levels.

     Progress through each level requires that the skater pass a challenging test evaluated by judges certified by the U.S. Figure Skating association. According to U.S. Figure Skating, nationwide only about 20 skaters each year obtain their double gold medal Free Skate status.

     Shayna is the current Northwest Pacific Region Junior Ladies Free Skate Champion. She represented the SVFSC at the 2011 Western Sectionals in Culver City, Calif.  Her head coach is Lisa-Marie Allen, a 1980 Olympic ladies figure skating competitor and Sun Valley resident.

     Shayna resides with Lisa-Marie and her husband, Peter Hendricks. SVFSC coaches Gia Guddat, Dawn Peterson and Craig Heath have also coached Shayna. Shayna is the current chair of the SVFSC junior board and has performed in the Sun Valley Co.’s Christmas Eve ice show for the last three years.

     Her highest placement nationally was sixth at the Juvenile level during the 2007 Junior National Championships in Cleveland. Shayna enjoys acting and singing and has performed in musicals with several lead roles. Two of her favorites are Cat in the Hat in “Seussical,” and Alice in “Alice in Wonderland.”

     Thirteen other local skaters also passed USFS tests at the Feb. 13 test session. Gracie Eagan passed both the Juvenile Free Skate and the Juvenile Moves in the Field tests, Tara Ware passed the Pre Juvenile Free Skate test, and Emma Stuessi passed the Preliminary Free Skate Test.

     Mary Claire Fisher, Sheldon Gentling, Blake Letourneau, Lane Letourneau, Claire Stickney and Alexandra Stuessi passed the Pre Preliminary Free Skate test.

     Grace Hoffman and Chloe Rose-Lewis passed the Tango and Rocker Foxtrot ice-dancing tests. Rose-Lewis also passed the American Waltz and the Kilian dance tests to complete the Silver Ice Dancing Level.

     Passing Moves in the Field tests were Grace Hoffman (Pre-Juvenile Moves), Sage Curtis (Preliminary Moves) and Grace Cleveland (Pre-Preliminary Moves).

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