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Best is Yet to Come for Junior Skaters
August 17, 2011 - Christie Sausa
Lake Placid welcomed three Junior skaters to the Saturday Night Ice Show on August 6th ; US Junior pairs champions Ashley Cain and Josh Reagan performed with US Junior Bronze medalist Alex Aiken. Cain and Reagan dazzled with programs to “Love Story” by Taylor Swift and “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffanys, while Aiken entertained with “The Best is Yet to Come” by Michael Buble.
Aiken’s choice of music applied to all three skaters; despite their already impressive accomplishments, the best truly is yet to come.
Cain and Reagan had an amazing year on the Junior circuit. After winning the Junior title at the National Championships, they competed in the Junior Worlds in South Korea, where they placed 4th.
Aiken also had a good year, placing third in the Junior division at Nationals. The skaters train in in the southern part of the US; Cain and Reagan train in Texas, while Aiken trains in North Carolina with coach Paul Wylie.
All came to figure skating differently. Cain started skating at 2 years old. “My parents Darlene and Peter Cain are figure skating coaches, and I would watch them coach and think that skating looked fun”. Reagan started skating at 8 years old, and started competing almost immediately. Now, 16-year-old Cain and 22-year-old Reagan have been skating together for 2 ½ years.
Aiken, meanwhile, started skating at 7 years old. “I was watching skating on television and decided to try it”, he said.
This upcoming year, all three skaters are aiming high. “Next year, we are debuting as a Senior team; our goal is to skate our best. Our big goal is eventually to win the Senior title”, said Cain. “We also want to work hard and have a good year overall”, added Reagan.
Cain and Reagan were awarded their first Grand Prix event this year, Cup of Russia.
Aiken is also hoping to move up to the highest level in skating.
“I want to move up to to Senior and improve my skating, take it to a new level”, he said.
Saturday Night Ice Shows in Lake Placid date back to 1932, under the direction of legendary skating coach Gus Lussi. Since then, skaters of all levels training in the summer camp have performed under the same spotlights in the 1932 rink, along with up-and-coming champions like Aiken, Cain and Reagan.
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Alex Aiken performing to "The Best is Yet to Come" at the Saturday Night Ice Show.