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Figure skating championships create buzz

June 27, 2017
By CHRISTIE SAUSA - Correspondent , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The halls of the Olympic Center will be buzzing once again with the Lake Placid Figure Skating Championships taking place June 29 through July 2.

The Championships is the first competition of the summer figure skating season, and typically attracts competitors from around the world. This year, the event, which is in its 60th year, will host approximately 400 skaters in 80 events.

"We are excited to host this competition again with so many skaters," Olympic Center marketing manager Mary Elizabeth Wightman said. "It's great to see them all enjoying their time off the ice at shops and restaurants as much as their time competing at the rink."

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Heidi Munger competes in last year’s Lake Placid Figure Skating Championships at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid.
Provided photo — Miracle Moments Photography

Most competitors represent the United States and Canada, but the elite levels have attracted skaters from countries as far away as Israel and Russia.

At least three countries beside the United States and Canada will be represented this year. Samantha Cabiles, of the Philippines, and Kim Cheremsky, of Ukraine, are both competing as Senior Ladies. Cheremsky registered in the short program only.

Julia Sylvia Gunnarsdottir, of Iceland, is scheduled to compete in the Intermediate Ladies IJS short program.

The Lake Placid Figure Skating Championships is considered a valuable proving ground for skaters to "test" their programs in front of judges before the qualifying season begins in the fall.

Notable athletes who have competed in the event in the past, include 2016 Canadian national champion Alaine Chartrand, international competitor and 2016 Israeli national champion Aimee Buchanan, and 2013 U.S. Nationals silver medalist Ross Miner.

Chartrand and Buchanan won the Lake Placid Figure Skating Championships Senior Ladies title in 2015 and 2016, respectively, and Miner competed in the 2015 Championships.

This year, Chartrand will compete in the Senior Ladies events, with Miner in Senior Men's. It is rumored that Chartrand will attempt a triple axel, which is one of the most difficult skating jumps, during her program.

Joining Chartrand in the Senior Ladies event are 2011 National Juvenile Ladies champion Dalia Rivkin, 2015 National Junior silver medalist and international Junior competitor Olivia Serefini, and national competitor Heidi Munger.

Additionally, national Junior competitor Yamato Rowe will compete in the Junior Men's event, while 2014 national Junior Ladies champion Iris Zhao is registered in the Junior Ladies event.

Local skaters traditionally compete in the event as well. Last year, nearly a dozen skaters from the Skating Club of Lake Placid and the Tupper Lake Figure Skating Club participated and several of them placed in their events.

For visitors, the Lake Placid Figure Skating Championships serves as an opportunity to watch a figure skating competition live. Tickets are available at the doors to the rinks during the dates of competition. More information about the Lake Placid Figure Skating Championships can be found at



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