Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Winter Games gives skaters a chance to shine

Competition and test session

Sun Valley Winter Games skat-ers, starting with back row, from left, Isabelle Thomson, Aurora Wilkinson, Alex Stuessi, Katie Peters, Antonia Avery, Karsyn Gerringa, Joyce Chan, Emma Stuessi, Grace Hoffman, Isabella Bourret, Sheldon Gentling, Bridgette Silva, Isabella Hattrup, Agnes Kind, Anabel Viesturs, Svea Leidecker, Bella Maurtua-Cherry, Jacqueline Cronin, Alexandra Thomson, Sawyer Vogel, Chloe Vogel, Annabel Jenson, Carson Vogel, Jaysa Bozzuto, Camilla Ippolito, Al-exandra Avery, Molly O¹Neill, Peter Silva, Kenley Bozzuto, Liam O’Neill and Avery Griffin.
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     Figure skaters from Jackson Hole, Boise, Idaho Falls and McCall traveled to Sun Valley to join local competitors for the 2014 Winter Games competition and U.S. Figure Skating test sessions Feb. 15-16.

     Presented by the Sun Valley Figure Skating Club (SVFSC), the annual Winter Games offer skaters new to competition a chance to gain experience in a fun, less competitive atmosphere.

     They also give seasoned competitors a chance to test new programs in preparation for July’s Sun Valley Summer Championships.

     Around 40 skaters braved the stormy weather and ultimately climbed the podium, some for the very first time. With small competitive group sizes and medals awarded for first through fourth place, nearly every skater took home hardware.

     Competing at the Novice Level, National Showcase champion Joyce Chan was Sun Valley’s highest-level competitor at the competition.

     Sun Valley skaters competed in Free Skate, Compulsory, Dramatic Showcase, and Light Showcase events. They banked 42 medals.

     Claiming gold medals from the SVFSC were Joyce Chan, Lane Letourneau, Isabella Bourret, Blake Letourneau, Emma Stuessi, Katie Peters (2), Antonia Avery, Jessica Blackburn (2), Bridgette Silva, Agnes Kind, Chloe Vogel, Camilla Ippolito, Liam O’Neil, Jaysa Bozzuto and Molly O’Neill.

     Capturing silver medals were Isabella Bourret, Alex Stuessi, Katie Peters, Sheldon Gentling (2), Bella Maurtua-Cherry, Noelle LaFleur, Svea Liedecker, Anabel Viesturs, Alex Griffin, Annabel Jenson, Alexandra Thomson, Kenley Bozzuto and Camilla Ippolito.

     Bronze medal winners were Emma Stuessi, Lane Letourneau, Avery Griffin, Bella Maurtua-Cherry, Noelle LaFleur, Carson Vogel, Bridgette Silva, Isabella Hattrup, Isabelle Thomson, Sawyer Vogel and Peter Silva. Jacqueline Cronin and Jayza Bozzutto also took home fourth place medals.

     On Feb. 16, a USFS test session followed the Winter Games competition. The SVFSC proudly minted two new USFS gold medalists in ice dancing. They were Natalia Irvine and Grace Hoffman.

     In addition, local skaters passed several tests in Free Skate, Moves in the Field and Ice Dancing. Free Skate tests determine a skater’s competitive level for singles skating.

     Joyce Chan passed Novice Free Skate, Katie Peters passed Juvenile Free Skate, and Murphy Kendall passed Pre-Juvenile Free Skate.

     Moves in the Field tests are prerequisite tests that qualify a skater to take certain free skate and ice dancing tests.

     Several local skaters passed Moves tests, including Grace Hoffman—Junior Moves; Sheldon Gentling—Novice Moves; Karsyn Gerringa—Intermediate Moves; Aurora Wilkinson—Juvenile Moves; Jen Silva—Adult Bronze Moves; and Bridgette Silva, Noelle LaFleur and Svea Leidecker—Pre-Preliminary Moves.

     Ice dancing tests were passed by Natalia Irvine and Grace Hoffman for Westminster Waltz, Karen Ippolito for Canasta Tango, and Murphy Kendall for Canasta Tango, Dutch Waltz and Rhythm Blues.

     Here are SVSEF placings by class in the Winter Games competition:

     Novice/ Junior Dramatic Showcase: 1—Joyce Chan.

     Teen/Junior Light Showcase: 1—Lane Letourneau. 2—Isabella Bourret. 3—Emma Stuessi.

     Intermediate Ladies Free Skate: 1—Isabella Bourrett.

     Juvenile Girls Free Skate: 1—Blake Letourneau. 2—Alex Stuessi.

     Open Juvenile Free Skate: 1—Emma Stuessi. 3—Lane Letourneau.

     Pre-Juvenile Girls Free Skate: 2—Katie Peters.

     Pre-Juvenile Compulsory Moves: 1—Katie Peters.

     Preliminary/Pre-Juvenile Showcase: 1 (tie)—Antonia Avery and Katie Peters.

     Preliminary Compulsory Moves: 2—Sheldon Gentling.

     Preliminary Girls Free Skate: 2—Sheldon Gentling. 5—Antonia Avery.

     Free Skate 5 Program: 1—Jessica Blackburn.

     Free Skate 4 Program: 2—Bella Maurtua-Cherry.

     Free Skate 2 Program: 3—Avery Griffin­.

     Free Skate 1-6 Dramatic Showcase, Group B: 1—Jessica Blackburn. 3—Bella Maurtua-Cherry.

     Free Skate 1-6 Dramatic Showcase, Group A: 1—Bridgette Silva. 3—Noelle LaFleur.          

     Free Skate 1 Program, Group B: 2—Noelle LaFleur. 3—Carson Vogel. 4—Jacqueline Cronin.

     Free Skate 1 Program, Group A: 3—Bridgette Silva.

     Basic 8 Program Group B: 2—Svea Leidecker.

     Basic 8 Program, Group A: 1—Agnes Kind. 2—Anabel Viesturs. 3—Isabella Hattrup. 4—Jaysa Bozzuto.

     Basic 6 Program, Group B: 1—Chloe Vogel. 3—Isabelle Thomson.

     Basic 6 Program, Group A: 1—Camilla Ippolito. 2—Alex Griffin.                Basic 4 Program: 2—Annabel Jenson. 3—Sawyer Vogel.

     Basic 3 Program: 2—Alexandra Thomson.

     Basic 2 Program: 1—Liam O’Neill. 2—Kenley Bozzuto. 3—Peter Silva.

     Basic 1-8 Light Showcase: 2—Camilla Ippolito.

     Basic 1-8 Dramatic Showcase: 1—Jaysa Bozzuto.

     Basic 1 Program: 1—Molly O’Neill.

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