LAKE PLACID - Approximately 350 skaters participated in the Lake Placid Summer Figure Skating Championships held in the Olympic Arena, June 27-30. Skaters from throughout the East Coast made the trip to compete at the historic venue, and also to prepare for the North Atlantic Regional Championships.
The Skating Club of Lake Placid and the Olympic Regional Development Authority will host the North Atlantic Regional Championships October 5-8, and there seemed to be an increase in competitors this year preparing for the event. The Lake Placid Summer Figure Skating Championships afforded the skaters an opportunity to get the feel of the ice and perform their programs in the same rinks where they will be competing to qualify.
The North Atlantic Regional Championships is the first qualifying event in a series of three. Each region hosts a regional qualifier, at which point the skaters who qualify will compete at a sectional competition (in this case, the Eastern Sectional Championships). Those who qualify through that event are then eligible to compete at the US National Championships, which in turn can lead to the Olympic Games or the World Championships.
At the Summer Figure Skating Championships there were skaters from the East Coast and some skaters who competed for other countries including Israel, China and Canada.
Skaters from the Skating Club of Lake Placid also competed at this event. Alexa Harper placed sixth in the No Test Girls Group B category. Carly Brox placed seventh in Preliminary Girls Test Track and sixth in Preliminary Compulsory Moves. In the Junior Ladies event, Annmary Bourchard placed third with 65.17 points.
However, it wasn't just the skaters from the Skating Club of Lake Placid that participated-the Figure Skating Championships also used volunteers from the Skating Club of Lake Placid and the community to help keep the competition running smoothly. Pat Jorgensen, the skating club's volunteer coordinator and member of the Board of Directors, was pleased with how the competition ran this year.
"It went very well we had 80 volunteers, all from the community," Jorgensen said. "They do great work, and will hopefully help at the next competition."
Considering that there are several competitions coming up, including the Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships, and the North Atlantic Regional Championships, both the volunteers and the skaters certainly have their work cut out for them.
For more information on Lake Placid skating events and competitions, visit www.lakeplacidskating.com. For more info on the Skating Club of Lake Placid, visit their website at www.skatingcluboflakeplacid.org.