Skating for the first time in Lake Placid, 2014 bronze medalists Caydee Denney and John Coughlin performed at the second Saturday Night Ice Show of the season on July 12.
Both skaters are recovering from recent and past injuries, but still put on a great show for the audience in the 1932 rink in the Olympic Center.
The past season was challenging but gratifying for the pair. They placed second at the US Classic, fourth at Skate America and third at Trophee Eric Bompard, which were all events that lead up to the national championships, the Olympics and the World Championships.
Photo — Christie Sausa
Caydee Denney and John Coughlin perform in the 1932 rink at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid on Saturday, July 12.
Denney and Coughlin placed an impressive third place at the US National Championships, and were subsequently named to the world team.
Unfortunately, shortly before the competition, Denney sprained her ankle during practice, which forced the team to withdraw from the World Championships.
"We had the drive, motivation and will to be on the team, and we were a good, strong international team," Denney said. "March 19th (a few days before leaving for Worlds), I landed weird on a throw and felt like it torqued and was not a normal landing. I sprained the ankle and just got back on the ice three or four weeks ago after rehabilitating the injury in Florida."
They both looked at this setback as an opportunity.
"This past season was a big journey for us, and we're happy to be back on the ice again after my hip surgery and Caydee's injury," Coughlin said. "The surgery had a long recovery time, and we didn't begin to feel like ourselves on the ice again until last July."
Denney and Coughlin will be taking the 2014-15 season off from competition to recover, but that doesn't mean they will stay away from the rink. They both taught a seminar and private lessons in Lake Placid, where they found very eager students.
"The energy of the kids here was great; there are talented local skaters as well as kids from other parts of the country that traveled to be here," Coughlin said. "They were very eager to learn and responded very well to the instruction."
In addition to coaching here, the pair also coaches at home.
"I teach a lot at home, and enjoy coaching since right now I can't skate as much myself," Denney said. "The skaters have to have a lot of dreams and passion to do this sport, and I enjoy helping them and giving back to my sport."
Denney and Coughlin will also be performing in the Ice Dreams Show in New York in September, and are taking the rest of the year as it comes.
"We're letting Caydee's foot take the lead," Coughlin said. "Since she's obviously responded so well in this first show, I think we can kind of move forward, onwards and upwards."