Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Summer skating finals a success at Sun Valley

Joyce Chan is outstanding SVFSC skater at meet

Antonia Avery of the Sun Val-ley Figure Skating Club cap-tured silver in Preliminary Light Showcase during the Summer Championships. Photo by Willy Cook

     The Sun Valley Figure Skating Club, marking its 75th anniversary this year, hosted its popular annual summer skating competition July 23-27 at the two resort skating rinks.

     Around 200 skaters from clubs across the U.S. competed in Free Skate, Compulsory, and Showcase events during the 47th annual meet.

     Many winners left the ice sporting medals, but Community School senior Joyce Chan ruled the day.

     She set a club record by capturing the Most Outstanding Program trophies for both Dramatic and Light Entertainment at the Intermediate ­Senior Level.

     Chan, the 2012-13 U.S. Figure Skating National Showcase champion of Intermediate Dramatic Entertainment, won the event’s Phyllis Kourland Cup for her hauntingly stylized dramatic showcase program on Saturday, July 26.

     On Sunday, she delighted the audience by dressing as a giant hippo skating to “A Chorus Line.” The hilarious program earned Chan the Most Outstanding Showcase trophy.

     Competing at the Novice level, Chan and Caitlin Sholtis skated at the highest competitive level of the Sun Valley skaters at the event. Sholtis placed fifth in Dramatic Entertainment Group B.

     Community School eighth grader Blake Letourneau won the competition’s “Most Outstanding Artistic” trophy at the Pre-Preliminary-Juvenile levels.

     Letourneau, the reigning National Showcase Pre Juvenile Light Entertainment champion, captivated the audience with a wickedly entertaining program based on the movie “Malificent.”

     Coached by Gia Guddat and Holly Wheeler, Letourneau and Chan will join other SVFSC members to test their winning programs at the 2014 National Showcase Championships in Los Angeles later this month.

     Guddat choreographed the special award winning programs at the Summer Championships.


Other skating winners

     Large competitive groups of up to nine skaters energized the atmosphere during the largest non-qualifying competition in the Northwest Pacific figure skating region

     Many local skaters walked away happy with medals or personal bests.

     Chan, Isabella Bourret and Blake Letourneau emerged as double gold medalists. Chan won Dramatic and Light Showcase at the Novice level and captured silver in Showcase Duet with partner Antonia Avery, who also took silver in Preliminary Light Showcase.

     Bourret won both Dramatic and Light Showcase at the Intermediate level. At the Pre-Juvenile level, Blake Letourneau won gold in Dramatic Showcase, silver in Light Entertainment, and gold in Showcase Duet with partner Alex Stuessi, who also won bronze in Dramatic Entertainment.

     Lane Letourneau won gold in Teen/Young adult Dramatic Showcase and silver in Showcase Duet with partner Emma Stuessi, who also took fourth in Dramatic Entertainment.

     At Preliminary, Sheldon Gentling took gold in Dramatic Showcase, silver in Compulsory Moves, and fourth in Spins.

     Katie Peters collected five competition medals, including silvers in Intermediate Spins, Juvenile-Open Juvenile Compulsory Moves, and Teen-Young Adult Dramatic Showcase, fourth in Teen-Young Adult Light Showcase and bronze in Senior Showcase Duet with partner Shayna Moellenberg.

     Ramona Chin won bronze in Intermediate Light Showcase.

     Competing at Basic Skills levels, Bella Maurtua-Cherry earned gold in Freeskate 1-6 Dramatic Showcase and placed fourth in Freeskate 5 Program, Group B.

     Valerie Ward and Jaysa Bozzuto won Basic Skills Showcase Duet, with Bozzuto capturing silver in Freeskate 1-6 Dramatic Showcase and Ward winning bronze in the Basic 8 Program.

     Liam O’Neill won gold in the Basic 4 Program.

     Other silver medalists were Camilla Ippolito in Basic 7 Program, Brielle Keim ­in Basic 6 Program, Grace Rushton in­ Basic 3 and Isabella Ocampo ­in Basic 1-8 Dramatic Showcase.

     Bronze medalists were Noelle LaFleur in Freeskate 4 Program Group B, Bridgette Silva in­ Freeskate 1-6 Dramatic Showcase and Rushton ­Basic 1-8 Light Showcase Group B.

     Fourth-place medalists included Isabella Hattrup in­ Freeskate 3 Program, Bridgette Silva in­ Freeskate 2, Jaqueline Cronin Freeskate 1, Annabel Jensen in­ Basic 6, Molly O’Neill in Basic 2, Camilla Ippolito Basic 1-8 Light Showcase Group B and Kenley Bozzuto in­ Basic 1-8 Light Showcase Group A.

     Avery and Alex Griffin also competed at the Sun Valley Championships. Avery placed fifth in the Freeskate 4 Program, and Griffin placed sixth in the Basic 8 Program.

     Check the Aug. 20 Local Life section for a group photo of the SVFSC participants in the recent meet.




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