Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Skaters ring in autumn at Salt Lake contest

Oktoberfest at Cottonwood Heights

Sun Valley skaters at the Oktoberfest were, from left, Antonia Avery, Emma Stuessi, Joyce Chan, Alex Stuessi, Alexandra Harten, Lane Letourneau and Blake Letourneau. Courtesy photo

Seven skaters represented the Sun Valley Figure Skating Club at the Cottonwood Heights Oktoberfest competition in Salt Lake City, Utah Sept. 22-24.

Competing at levels ranging from Basic Skills to Novice Ladies, the team captured 20 first- through fourth-place medals.

For the second time in three years, Alex Stuessi, an 11-year-old Hemingway Elementary School fifth grader, won the 2011 Oktoberfest Most Outstanding Showcase Trophy.

Stuessi also won the prestigious award at Oktoberfest in 2009. Stuessi's primary coach is Holly Wheeler. Gia Guddat choreographed her award-winning program. Wheeler and Guddat accompanied the skaters to the competition.

Competing in Novice Ladies, Alexandra Harten was the club's highest level competitor for this competition. Harten won her Individual Showcase event with the program that also earned her the "Most Outstanding Showcase" trophy at the 2011 Sun Valley Summer Skating Championships.

Harten took fourth in Free Skate Short Program and won bronze with her pairs partner Joyce Chan in Pairs Showcase. Competing in Intermediate Ladies, Chan also won silver in Artistic, fourth in Individual Showcase, and placed seventh overall in Free Skate. Chan's challenging competitive group was the largest of the meet.

Emma Stuessi and Lane Letourneau competed at the Preliminary level.

Emma won silver in both Artistic and Free Skate, placing sixth in Individual Showcase and fourth in Pairs Showcase with her pairs partner Lane Letourneau. Lane won silver medals in both Individual Showcase and in Preliminary Test Track Free Skate, and she placed sixth in Artistic.

Alex Stuessi and Blake Letourneau competed at the Pre-Preliminary level. Alex Stuessi won bronze in Artistic, was fifth in Free Skate and earned gold in Pairs Showcase with pairs partner Blake Letourneau. Blake took silver in Individual Showcase, fourth in Free Skate and fifth in Artistic.

Antonia Avery, the youngest skater competing for Sun Valley FSC at Oktoberfest, medaled in all of her events. She took silver in Individual Showcase, bronze in Artistic, and fourth in Free Skate.

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