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Razzano puts on a show in Lake Placid

August 15, 2017
By CHRISTIE SAUSA - Correspondent , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Doug Razzano, a national and international level competitor, was the star of the largest Saturday Night Ice Show of the season on Aug. 12 in the 1932 Jack Shea arena. He skated alongside a multitude of future skating stars who were participating in the Lake Placid Summer Figure Skating camp.

The campers were mostly from the New York-New Jersey metro area, but a few came in from the Midwest and Germany. The cast included a Bavarian champion; North Atlantic Regional champions, finalists and medalists; various State Games and State Games of America champions and medalists; and a qualifier for a national ice dance event. This diverse group of skaters made for a long, but captivating and memorable show.

Razzano dazzled the audience with two soulful, lyrical performances to "Clair De Lune" by Debussy - which was his short program in the 2013-2014 season - and "The Sound of Silence" by Disturbed. With sweeping elements, including blindingly fast spins, flowing edges and soaring jumps, one wouldn't guess that Razzano only "skates to maintain" and rarely performs anymore.

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Doug Razzano performs during the Saturday Night Ice Show in the 1932 Jack Shea Arena on Saturday, Aug. 12 in Lake Placid.
Provided photo — Christie Sausa

Like many former elite competitors, Razzano applies his first-hand skating knowledge as a full-time skating coach in his hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona.

"I'm a full-time coach. That's why I was so tired, because I don't have as much time to skate," Razzano said. "I haven't done a show since 'An Evening with Champions' in Boston last September. I don't skate much anymore, I skate to maintain (skating skills)."

While in Lake Placid, Razzano held a skating seminar for camp participants that taught skating skills and explained the complex scoring requirements of the International Judging System (IJS).

In addition to coaching, Razzano occasionally serves as a technical specialist at competitions, which is one of the key positions in the new judging system, responsible for identifying executed elements and the difficulty level of elements. The technical specialist must be a former elite level competitive skater, attend an International Skating Union (ISU) seminar and pass a qualifying exam.

Razzano completed his technical specialist "school" in March 2016 and started working soon after. To preserve the integrity of an event's scoring, coaches and others associated closely with skaters in the event cannot serve as an official without conflict of interest. This necessity, along with time constraints, makes it more challenging for Razzano to dedicate more time to officiating.

"I have only officiated at two local competitions. Because of that, I have conflicts of interests on so many of the events, so I would have to go to out-of-town competitions to put more time into it," Razzano said. "I'd love to officiate at an international competition some day."

This year, he plans to continue coaching and possibly officiating. But right now, Razzano is mostly absorbed with moving into his new condo, which is located only five minutes from the rink.

The 2017 Saturday Night Ice Show summer series concludes Aug. 19 with a show featuring national champion Ryan Bradley. For more information on the Lake Placid summer figure skating programs, including shows and camps, visit www.lakeplacidskating.com.

 
 

 

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