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Adults kick off summer skating season

June 28, 2019
By CHRISTIE SAUSA - Correspondent , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The summer skating season started in Lake Placid on Friday, June 21, when the Adult Figure Skating Weekend took place in the Olympic Center.

Starting several years ago as a shorter version of the popular Lake Placid Adult Skating Week, the Adult Skating Weekend is a good opportunity for adult skaters to start their summer, especially if they are new to the environment.

This summer's Adult Skating Weekend drew 40 skaters from as far away as New Brunswick and Ottawa, Canada, but Skating Club of Lake Placid skaters also took part. Nancy Cox, originally of Baltimore, Maryland, has participated in the adult summer skating programs for the past five years. She said there are a variety of factors that encourage her to keep participating every year.

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Nancy Cox practices on the 1980 rink Sunday, June 23 during one of the last sessions of the Adult Skating Weekend at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid.
Provided photo — Christie Sausa

"This is my sixth year of summer skating camp," Cox said. "Skating in Lake Placid is truly special for several reasons: the ice is maintained and groomed expertly, the coaches are talented, experienced and work so well with adults.

"Besides lots of practice ice time on the historic 1980 rink, camp also offers a wide selection of group on-ice, as well as off-ice classes, and there is a wonderful camaraderie among the skaters."

Cox has spent time in Lake Placid since 2012, when she purchased a vacation home here, and she can often be found skating in the Olympic Center on SCLP freestyle and Coffee Club sessions in the winter.

If Cox looks familiar, it's because she was recently featured in The Wall Street Journal in a story about how adults can also participate in figure skating. In the article, she credited skating and a change in lifestyle to losing nearly 15 pounds, and gaining overall fitness and muscular strength.

Other than skating, Lake Placid itself inspired Cox to live here part-time to enjoy the town.

"Lake Placid is simply beautiful, and I love the restaurants and stores as well," she said. "The small town feel is genuine here."

The Adult Skating Weekend concluded Sunday, June 23, but the Lake Placid Summer Figure Skating program continued until Wednesday, June 26 when the Lake Placid Figure Skating Championships began and were expected to continue until June 29.

For more information on the Lake Placid Skating programs, including adult skating programming and competitions, go to



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