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Miner entertains the crowd

July 12, 2017
By CHRISTIE SAUSA - Correspondent , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Ross Miner, the 2013 U.S. national silver medalist who was representing the Skating Club of Boston, treated the audience in the Olympic Center to two entertaining programs in the first Saturday Night Ice Show of the season Saturday, July 8.

Last year, Miner competed on the ISU Grand Prix circuit, skating in Skate Canada and the Cup of China. A veteran of high level skating, he has landed a quad salchow in competition and finished second in the 2013 U.S. Championships.

Skating fans received a preview of Miner's competitive season programs during the show. While he is keeping his previous long program - a medley of Queen songs - to compete with in this upcoming season, his second program in Lake Placid was his new short program, "Downtown" by Macklemore.

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Ross Miner performs one of his programs during the Saturday Night Ice Show on July 8 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid.
Photo — Christie Sausa

Miner and nearly 40 others from throughout the United States enrolled in the Lake Placid Summer Figure Skating Camp performed on July 8. The evening culminated with a group number to Cher's "If I Could Turn Back Time," that included most skaters who performed in the show and ended with more spectacular moves from Miner.

Growing up in Burlington, Vermont, Lake Placid wasn't far to travel for Miner, who has fond memories of his time spent in the Olympic Center.

"My very first 'outside of Vermont' competition was here in the 1932 rink," Miner said. "I was skating to 'Singin' in the Rain,' in a yellow LL Bean rubber rain suit, and I got like 10 seconds into my program and forgot it. Then I went to the referee, and they let me start over! I think I got second in that one."

Miner continues to compete in Lake Placid when he can. As reported in last week's coverage of the Lake Placid Summer Figure Skating Championships, Miner participated in the Senior Men's event.

"I did it (competed in the Championships) last year; I hadn't done it for a while before that but as a kid I did it a million and one times," Miner said. "I thought I did very well (this year). The short was good, the long I did the hard stuff and got a little silly at the end, but I know with more training I will be so ready."

While he was in Lake Placid for the Ice Show, Miner gave back to the sport by teaching a seminar to campers participating in the summer skating camp.

"My main (goal) is to keep things simple and repeatable to be more consistent in competition, and then at the end we did 'butt spins' because those are fun," Miner said. "We did some jumps, spins, and skating (skills) as well."

Last season did not go as planned for Miner, who placed fifth in the National Championships in Kansas City, but he has lofty goals for this year.

"I want to be on the Olympic team, that's the reason I'm skating," Miner said. "I would also love to come back to Lake Placid for Skate America, so that is another goal."

After the show, Miner planned to return to Boston, where he trains with Peter Johansson and Mark Mitchell, in preparation for the upcoming season. He is scheduled to compete at the 2017 Summer Classic hosted by the Glacier Falls Figure Skating Club in Anaheim, California July 27-30, and possibly the Cranberry Open at the Yarmouth Ice Club in Kingston, Massachusetts Aug. 9-12.

Miner is currently waiting for his assignments for the US Figure Skating Challenger Series, and hopes to be given the chance to return to Lake Placid for the Skate America Grand Prix competition Nov. 24-26.

As a skater who is still competing, Miner no doubt has a unique perspective on the challenges that face young skaters. He has concise and motivating advice to offer them.

"I would be a little bit more like a basketball coach," Miner said. "(I'd say) just go do it, and have fun!"

The next Saturday Night Ice Show will take place July 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Olympic Center's 1932 Arena, with 2012 U.S. national champions Caydee Denney and John Coughlin. For more information on the Lake Placid summer figure skating events, visit their site at



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