Lake Placid Olympian Lisa-Marie Allen and Sun Valley On Ice ensemble cast member Cari Maus, 20, added brand-new U.S. Figure Skating gold medals to their professional resumes Aug. 26.
Maus became a gold medalist in Moves In the Field, completing a series of eight different progressively challenging test levels where quality of edges, balance, speed, power, presentation, and overall skating quality are evaluated by a panel of U.S. Figure Skating Association judges.
Allen, whose honors as a competitive free skater include 1975 U.S. Junior Ladies champion, 1978 and 1980 U.S. Free Skating champion, 1979-80 U.S. Ladies silver medalist, 1980 Olympian and 1990 World Professional champion, mastered an entirely different skating discipline—ice dancing.
Remarkably, Allen passed 23 different pattern ice dance tests, each increasing in difficulty, to earn her U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medal in Dance in less than three years.
Maus, a Sun Valley Company employee from Potomac, Mt., began skating as a young child on a pond near her house. She started lessons at 11 at the Glacier Ice Rink in Missoula, where she fell in love with performing on ice as a skater in her club’s annual ice show.
She competed in club competitions in the Northwest Region, but found that her passion lay in performing, so she eagerly accepted an offer to join the Sun Valley On Ice cast after graduating high school.
Cari stayed in Sun Valley last winter to work on completing her U.S. Figure Skating tests. During that time, she enhanced her professional resume by skating in two ice shows out of state.
She credits her achievement to all of her friends and coaches at the Sun Valley Ice Rink, especially acclaimed pro skaters and coaches Brent Bommentre, Joel Dear, Dawn Peterson and Lisa-Marie Allen. She also thanks her parents, Frank and Deb, and to her aunt and uncle for their support.
According to Cari, “The cool thing about skating is the continual and endless challenge to learn something new. It is a lifelong sport in which I hope to continue to grow.”
Lisa-Marie Allen credits her dance test success to her coach, dance partner, and close friend Joel Dear, as well as her daughter, Sarah Jessica Lucie, and her husband Peter Hendricks
Lisa’s professional career is as impressive as her competitive career.
Her credits include: U.S. Figure Skating Technical Specialist, Associate Choreographer for the 2002 Winter Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Associate Choreographer and cameo appearance in the feature film Blades of Glory, and Associate Choreographer for Scott Hamilton's Friends and Family Television Special.
In addition, Lisa-Marie has performed as a featured skater in 10 different televised and live professional ice shows in both the United States and abroad, including Charles Schultz Snoopy Christmas and the World Cup Champions On Ice international tour.
Besides Maus and Allen, other Sun Valley skaters who passed U.S. Figure Skating tests in Sun Valley Aug. 28 were Claire Stickney, Christine DuFur, Kenny Pratt, Karsyn Gerringa, Ary Chutkan, Antonia Avery, Prescott Potter, Abby Chase and Fanny Horn.
Preliminary Free Skating—Claire Stickney.
Pre-Preliminary Free Skating—Christine DuFur and Kenny Pratt.
MOVES IN THE FIELD
Senior Moves In The Field—Cari Maus, USFS Gold Medalist.
Juvenile Moves In The Field—Karsyn Gerringa.
Pre-Juvenile Moves In The Field—Ary Chutkan and Christine DuFur.
Preliminary Moves In The Field—Antonia Avery, Prescott Potter and Kenny Pratt.
Pre-Preliminary Moves In The Field—Kenny Pratt.
Lisa Marie-Allen—Argentine Tango, Viennese Waltz and Westminster Waltz, completing the level, USFS Gold Medalist.
Abby Chase—Quickstep and Argentine Tango.
Fanny Horn—Quickstep (Adult) & Viennese Waltz (Adult).