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Ice dancers glide through Lake Placid

August 2, 2017
By CHRISTIE SAUSA - Correspondent , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - After several days of tangos, waltzes, foxtrots and more, the Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships glided out of Lake Placid after crowning several champions and providing a valuable experience for all competitors.

The Championships have been held annually for 85 years. The Lake Placid Ice Dance International portion began in 2015 to further welcome international competitors to the Olympic Center and provide valuable international competitive experience in front of an elite judging panel.

While the Championships incorporate various levels of ice dance and several events, including "Open" and "Solo Dance" - the International is an elite level competition scored using the international judging system and requiring ISU minimum technical scores to enter. Teams from the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Latvia and Poland competed in the International this year.

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Quinn Carpenter and Lorraine McNamara perform during the Lake Placid International Senior Ice Dance Championships at the Olympic Center.
Photo courtesy of Daphne Backman,

The top three teams in both the Senior and Junior International events all represented the United States.

Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter, the 2016 World Junior champions, won the Senior International title with a score of 165.26. 2017 World Junior champions and 2017 U.S. National Junior champions Rachel and Michael Parsons placed second (156.82) and 2016 Lake Placid Ice Dance International champions Elliana Pogrebinsky and Alex Benoit earned third place with a score of 152.13.

Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko, the 2017 World Junior bronze medalists and 2017 U.S. National Junior silver medalists, easily won their title with a score of 149.76, followed by 2015-16 U.S. Novice champions Caroline and Gordon Green in second (132.86) and 2016 U.S. novice silver medalists Emma Gunter and Caleb Wein (111.92) in third place.

The Skating Club of Lake Placid was represented by Carly Jones, who competed in the Senior Solo Combined Championships event. After the competition, Jones passed her Blues, Starlight Waltz, Paso Doble and Quickstep ice dance tests.

"I easily sank right into my blades and was so comfortable with my performance (in the Championships)," Jones said. "I felt like I really put everything I had out on the ice."

Lake Placid skating action continues Aug. 5 with the third Saturday Night Ice Show featuring four-time U.S. national bronze medalist ice dancers Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue.

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