2006 News Archive

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Parent Education Seminar (12/26/2006)
The Los Angeles Figure Skating Club will host a Parent Education Seminar
at Pickwick Ice Arena on Wed., Jan. 10 from 5:30 – 7::30 p.m.
The seminar is free, but you must register ahead.

Tai Babilonia at Icetravaganza (12/8/2006)

Tai Babilonia will be at Icetravaganza signing copies of her book – Forever Two As One. Come meet LAFSC’s elegant and wonderful skater and writer.

LAFSC Presents Holiday Ice Show–“Icetravaganza” (12/3/2006)
When: Saturday, Dec 16, 2006 at 6PM
Where: Pickwick Ice Arena
1001 Riverside Drive
Burbank, CA 91506
Admission: $5.00 at the door

“Icetravaganza” will feature solo and group performances by LAFSC members, including national and international competitors. Also appearing will be the international medalist Los Angeles Ice Theater.

Come out and celebrate the Holidays with some extraordinary skating!

LAFSC Is Proud To Announce That All Of It’s Pacific Coast Competitors Qualified For U.S. Nationals! (11/20/2006)

Not only did all eight of LAFSC’s Sectionals competitors make it to Nationals, LAFSC members earned the Sectional gold medal in Senior Pairs, Novice Pairs, and Novice Ladies! Congratulations to Victoria Hecht who won Novice Ladies at her first trip to Pacific Coast. Congratulations also to Tiffany and Christopher Nahm, the former Intermediate Pair Champions who earned gold in Novice Pairs followed closely by Galvani Hopson with his partner and David Sparks with his partner. In Junior Dance, I am thrilled to announce that Jessica Perino, along with her partner, qualified for U.S. Nationals by placing fourth in all three segments of the competition. In Senior Pairs, LAFSC member Marisa Sharma won gold while Alex Merritt placed third with his partner. All eight of these terrific athletes will be competing at U.S. Nationals in Spokane, Washington in January along with members Themi Leftheris and Keauna McLaughlin with their respective partners. This marks the first trip to Nationals for many of these skaters. We are so proud of you!

LAFSC Member Michelle Kwan named ambassador (11/11/2006)
For more information, see the USFS Website

We are sad to announce the passing of Virgina Vale (9/21/2006)
Long-time club member and judge Virginia Vale passed away peacefully on Sept 16, 2006.

Congratulations to Todd Sand and Jenni Meno! (9/4/2006)
On August 14, 2006, Jenni gave birth to the newest member of their family – Matthew Kenneth Sand. Matthew weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces. Congratulations to Todd, Jenni, and big brother Jack!

National Showcase Results Updated (8/27/2006)

Duets Initial Rounds:
Hayley Soo Hoo and Krystal Davis 1st Junior Duet
Raquel DiNieri and Renee Velasquez 1st Intermediate Duet

Duets Final Round:
Hayley Soo Hoo and Krystal Davis 2nd
Raquel DiNieri and Renee Velasquez 6th

Mini Production Ensemble:
The Wiz (Helen Bender, Lois Betancourt, Racquel DiNieri, Olivia Habib) 4th

Preliminary Dramatic Group A: Helen Bender 13th
Preliminary Light Group A: Raquel DiNieri – 3rd
Preliminary Light Final: Raquel DiNieri 8th
Young Adult Light: Renee Velasquez 1st
Young Adult Dramatic: Renee Velasquez 1st
Young Adult Extemporaneous: Renee Velasquez 1st
Intermediate Dramatic Group A: Krystal Davis 4th
Intermediate Dramatic Final: Krystal Davis 3rd
Junior Dramatic: Hayley SooHoo 5th
Junior Light: Hayley SooHoo 4th
Junior Extemporaneous: Hayley SooHoo 5th
Senior Dramatic: Amber Leigh Van Wyk 3rd
Senior Light: Amber Leigh Van Wyk 3rd
Senior Extemporaneous: Amber Leigh Van Wyk 1st
Extemporaneous Final Round: Amber Leigh Van Wyk 2nd ; Renee Velasquez 8th

All of the results are at: http://www.northernice.org/documents/showcaseresults.pdf

Southwest Critique (8/24/2006)
Our Southwest Critique will be on Tuesday September 5, 2006 at Pickwick from 6:30 – 8:00pm. It is open to all Home Club members that are competing at Regionals this year. Novice and higher events will be critiqued using IJS – Juvenile and Intermediate skaters will have the option of being critiqued using IJS or 6.0. If skaters are interested, they need to sign up by sending an email to Carla Golubski at Carlagolubski@hotmail.com. When Juvenile and Intermediate skaters sign up, they need to tell us whether they want an IJS critique or a 6.0 critique.

LA Open Results judged under ISU system (7/17/2006)
LA Open Results for non-ISU judged events (7/17/2006)

Pickwick Freestyle Schedule (7/9/2006)

Friday July 14 – 6am-6:45am, 7am-7:45am and 7:45am-8:30am
Saturday July 15 – 6am-6:45am, 6:45am-7:30am
Sunday July 16 – 6am-6:45am, 6:45am-7:30am
$10 walk on only , no punchcards may be used

Congratulations to our Adult Skaters! (6/25/2006)

At the 2006 International Adult Figure Skating Competition in Oberstdorf, Germany, LAFSC skaters rocked!! Congrats to Paula Smart who won Gold Ladies FS III, Wanda Gelsebach who placed fourth in Silver Ladies FS III, Sharidan Williams-Sotelo who placed fifth in Silver Ladies FS I, Michael Cruz, who placed second in Silver Men FS II, and David Zavaleta who placed second in Bronze Men FS II and third in Adult Pairs. What a great showing from LAFSC!

Registration Methods Changed (6/25/2006)
U.S. Figure Skating highly encourages the use of the online entry system. This has become the preferred method of registration as the majority of the process as a whole has already been moved online. You may enter online into the 2007 qualifying competition season through http://www.usfsaonline.org.

Showcase Results Posted (6/13/2006)
Click here to see results

LAFSC Membership Renewal (5/24/2006)
Your current membership expires June 30, 2006. Membership renewals for the 2006-2007 skating year are due July 1, 2006. If you plan on testing, competing, judging or participating in a US Figure Skating event, you will need to renew your membership with the Club.

Please note that membership registration fees have been increased by US Figure Skating for the 2006-2007 skating year as follows:

1st Family Member fee – increased by $10.00
Subsequent Family Member fee – increased by $2.00 per person.

Accordingly, LAFSC fees have been increased in accordance with the parameters set forth by US Figure Skating. If you have any further questions, please contact the Membership Chair.
Click here to get the 2006-2007 Membership Application/Renewal

2006 U.S. Collegiate Championships (5/11/2006)

This event will be held August 2-6, 2006 in Anaheim, Calif., and hosted by the Glacier Falls FSC. The U.S. Collegiate Championships are open to any full-time college students (including those entering their freshman year in fall 2006, and those who graduated in spring 2006) who compete at the junior or senior level in singles, dance or pairs. The announcement and entry forms can be found on U.S. Figure Skating Online at http://www.usfigureskating.org/event_details.asp?id=31815 .

Combined Report of Action from Governing Council (5/16/2006)
Click here to view report

Betty Sonnhalter Award Application (4/16/2006)
Due May 20, 2006.

ATTENTION: LA Open is a Future Championship Series event this year and will be using IJS. If you have any questions, please direct them to Dawn Eyerly, Chief Referee at DAWNEYERLY@YAHOO.COM (4/15/2006)

Congratulations to our LAFSC Adult Skaters! (4/14/2006)

Congratulations to our adult skaters who performed great at both the Adult Pacific Coast Sectionals held in Oakland on March 3-4, and at Adult Nationals held in Dallas from March 29, through April 2, 2006. At Sectionals most of our skaters placed, and at Nationals, we had two National Champions crowned, and several other podium finishes!

Nationals Results:

Rebecca Basch-Hedren – 11th Adult Gold Ladies III
Alison Brooker – 10th Adult Interpretive Ladies IV (Group A)
Joan Chanel – 4th Masters Interpretive Ladies V; 6th Masters Junior Ladies IV-V
Michael Cruz – 1st Adult Silver Men III; 2nd Adult Interpretive Men III
Wanda Gelsebach – 4th Adult Silver Ladies IV (QR Group A); 8th Adult Silver Ladies IV – FR; 11th Masters Interpretive Ladies IV
Patty Poddig – 8th Masters Interpretive Ladies III Character/Comedy; 13th Adult Gold Ladies III
Paula Smart – 7th Championship Gold Ladies; 3rd Masters Interpretive Ladies IV
Sharidan Williams-Sotelo – 1st Adult Interpretive Ladies II
David Zavaleta – 8th Bronze Men II; 2nd Bronze Pairs

Pacific Coast Sectional Results:

Michael Cruz – 4th Adult Silver Men III-IV; 3rd Adult Interpretive Men III-IV
Wanda Gelsebach – 1st Adult Silver Ladies IV-V; 1st Masters Interpretive Ladies Character/Comedy IV
Patty Poddig – 3rd Adult Gold Ladies II-III
Paula Smart – 4th Championship Adult Gold Ladies; 1st Masters Ladies Interpretive Artistic/Dramatic IV
Sharidan Williams-Sotelo – 2nd Adult Silver Ladies II; 3rd Adult Interpretive Ladies Comedy/Character II-III

Congratulations to Brian Simm who won Novice Men at the Gardena Spring Trophy in Italy – great job Brian! (4/5/2006)

LAFSC did great at this year’s Gletscher Cup in Grindelwald, Switzerland (3/29/2006)

Deanna Inn won Intermediate Ladies and Victoria Hecht won Novice Ladies. Both are coached by LAFSC member Faye Kitariev. Excellent job ladies!

LAFSC Spring Festival of Champions on April 15, 2006 (3/22/2006)

Please come enjoy performances from our National, Junior National, and Sectional Team Members and from our Showcase, California Championships and LA Open Gold medalists on Saturday, April 15, 5PM at Pickwick Ice Arena. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $5.00.

Michelle Kwan (2/13/2006)

The Los Angeles Figure Skating Club is so proud of Michelle Kwan for everything she has done and continues to do in our wonderful sport. We wish her a full recovery, and we appreciate all of the fan support during this tough time. The Olympics will not be the same without Michelle.

Assistance for New Orleans (2/2/2006)

The Figure Skating Club of New Orleans desperately needs our help. The hurricanes last fall devastated not only the city of New Orleans, but also a large portion of Louisiana and the adjoining states. The repercussions are still being felt throughout that region of the country. So, in an effort to help the figure skaters and judges displaced by the hurricane we have been keeping in contact with the FSC of New Orleans to find out what their most pressing needs are and how the Los Angeles Figure Skating Club can help.

The most pressing need at this time is for test session judges. There is only one judge left in the area – all of the rest were forced to move due to the devastation. For the New Orleans club to be able to hold test sessions at all, judges will have to be flown in, which is a considerable expense and something that they cannot afford at this time. We want to help. LAFSC judges have already agreed to volunteer their time to travel to New Orleans to judge the tests, and the FSC of New Orleans will arrange for families who can host them.

But, we need a way to get our judges to New Orleans. That is where you come in. To make this possible, we are looking for LAFSC members who are willing to donate either money for judges’ flights, frequent flyer airline miles, or travel vouchers to send judges to Louisiana. The donated funds and mileage would only be used to fly the judges from LA to New Orleans and back.

If you, or someone you know, can help us with this effort by donating travel funds, mileage, or vouchers please contact LAFSC President Dawn Eyerly or Jackie Bundy at (818) 585-7924.

Congratulations to our National competitors (1/19/2006)

Brian Simm placed fifth in Novice Men, Tenile Victorsen placed tenth in Junior Ladies, Marisa Sharma and Amir Ganaba placed fourteenth in Championship Pairs, Tiffany Stiegler placed sixth in Championship Dance, and Themi Leftheris placed fifth in Championship Pairs. Congratulations to all of you – we are so proud!

Congratulations to Michelle Kwan who has been assigned to the Olympic Team. You have our best wishes for a complete recovery and the best of luck at the Olympics!

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