Archive for December, 2008




2008 News Archive

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Our team brings home 5 medals.

Congratulations to all of our LAFSC skaters and their coaches who competed this week at the 2009 U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships. You all made us very proud! Great skating and a week filled with a lot of snow made this an experience to remember for our team!

LAFSC was represented in every Juvenile event. Brenda Ji earned 6th place in her Juvenile Girls qualifying round and moved on to the championship round where she placed 16th in the freeskate and 16th overall.

LAFSC had 3 Juvenile Boys competing in the championships. Patrick Leahy earned 12th and Spencer Howe finished 1st in Group A in the qualifying round. Skating in qualifying Group B, Daniel Samohin was 4th. Both Spencer and Daniel qualified for the championship round where, in a very close fight for the medal stand, Daniel finished 8th and Spencer won the Silver Medal.

Yura Min, with partner Sean Sunyoto, represented LAFSC in Juvenile Ice Dance. They shook off a 10th place finish in their first compulsory dance to get 5th in the second compulsory dance. Shining in the freedance, Yura and Sean got 2nd place to finish 4th overall and they will bring home the Pewter Medal.

Juvenile Pairs only got to skate once in these championships, so it was “do or die” in this event. Devin Perini, with his partner Devynn Sharpe, captured 4th place and the Pewter Medal. Rachel Trail and Darian Weiss improved on last year’s 9th place qualifying round result to finish 6th overall in this year’s championships.

At the Intermediate level, LAFSC had skaters in each event except Intermediate Ice Dance. In the Intermediate Ladies qualifying round, Katarina Kulgeyko finished 3rd in Group A while Katherine Gorodetsky finished 3rd in Group B. In the short program, Katarina was 1st and Katherine was 12th. In the freeskate, Katherine was again 12th and finished 12th overall. Katarina was 1st in the freeskate with a personal best score, and improved upon her 7th place finish at last year’s event to win the Gold Medal.

In the Intermediate Men’s event, both Shotaro Omori and Devin Perini skated in qualifying round Group A with Shotaro taking 3rd place and Devin finishing 4th. In the championship round, Shotaro was 6th in the short program and Devin was 19th. Both moved up in the freeskate, where Devin was 15th and Shotaro was 2nd . In the final standings, Devin was 15th and Shotaro, who was 5th in Juvenile Boys last year, finished 3rd for the Bronze Medal.

Like the Juvenile Pairs, Intermediate Pairs only had one chance to skate at these championships. Brooke Johnson and Brooks Ishler, who were 5th in Juvenile Pairs at last year’s championships, finished 8th at the more challenging Intermediate level this year.

Be sure to watch their performances on where you will also find team LAFSC in the stories and photo galleries.

Ordering Club Jackets (12/13/2008)

Until we get the ordering automated please follow the following procedure to order club jackets:

Please send $85.00, payable to LAFSC, to PO Box 4055, Burbank, CA 91503-4055, with a note stating the size (S, M, L, XL, etc) and exactly how you would like your first name embroidered on the jacket. Once we get the check, it will take about 3 weeks to get the jacket back (maybe a little longer with the holidays). All order received before the end of 2008 will have the 75th anniversary logo.

Sonja Henie Programs for Sale (11/3/2008)
Sonja Henie programs are being offered to collectors by the Los Angeles Figure Skating Club. The cost of shipping and handling ($3.00) should be added for each program ordered. Orders will be taken by Josephine Lawless (818) 347-1510 on a first come, first served basis beginning November 7, 2008. Only telephone orders will be accepted. Checks should be made out to LAFSC and mailed to Jo at 7363 Sausalito Ave., West Hills, CA 91307. List of Programs

Junior Grand Prix News (10/1/2008)
Congratulations and good luck to Austin Kanallakan who will be competing this week at the Junior Grand Prix Event in Gomel, Belarus. Go Austin! We are all proud and excited to have you as a member of our club.

We also wish to extend our congratulations and best wishes to Galvani Hopson (LAFSC) and his partner Kloe Bautisita who have been assigned their second Junior Grand Prix event in Sheffield, England from October 15-18, 2008, based on their strong performance at their first Junior Grand Prix event in Ostrava, Czech Republic in mid-September. Good luck Galvani and Kloe. We’re rooting for you!

SWP Regional Championships (10/1/2008)

Best of luck to all our skaters competing later this week at the SWP Regional Championships in Anaheim, California. Skate great, and have fun! We are proud of each and every one of you. Go Team LAFSC!
Hopson and Bautista Named to USFSC Developmental Team Envelope (8/25/2008)

LAFSC member and Junior Pairs skater Galvani Hopson and his partner Kloe Bautista have been named to U.S. Figure Skating’s Developmental Team Envelope based on their 4th place finish in Novice Pairs at the 2008 U.S. National Championships. In addition, the pair have received a Junior Grand Prix assignment. In September, they will compete at the JGP Czech Republic event in Ostrava. Congratulations and good luck!

Bys wins U.S. National Adult Dramatic Title (8/25/2008)
LAFSC member Joan Bys recently became the U.S. National Adult Dramatic champion at National Showcase held in Rochester, Minnesota. Congratulations, Joan!!!

Balao Awarede Most Outstanding Artistic Award (8/25/2008)
Vanessa Balao was the recipient of the perpetual trophy for the Most Outstanding Artistic Program at the Glacier Falls Open competition. Vanessa competed in Novice Artistic. Way to go Vanessa!

Commemorative Video of LAFSC’s 75th Anniversary Show (8/25/2008)
If you are interested in purchasing a commemorative video of the Los Angeles Figure Skating Club’s 75th Anniversary Show, click on this link and complete the information requested.

LA Open Championship Results (7/15/2008)
ISU-Judged results
Non-ISU Results

LA Theater on Ice Captures First at International/National Theater on Ice Competition (7/5/2008)
The Los Angeles Theater on Ice team competed at the 1st National Theater on Ice Competition, which has been combined with the 13th International Theater on Ice Competition in Burlington, Vermont. There were 5 teams in the Senior Division, and the team won first in the short program (choreographic exercise) on June 26th with eight 1st place votes and one 2nd place vote. The next day, they placed first in the long program (freeskate) with nine 1st place votes to capture the National Championship for the Senior Division.

On June 28th, they again skated their sort and long programs to place 1st in the 13th International Theater on Ice competition. For both programs, they earned eight 1st place votes and one 2nd place vote. (videos of short and long programs).

Sad News (6/26/2008)

With great sorrow we unfortunately acknowledge the recent passings of two LAFSC Home Club members James Yorke and Roy Wagelein. We shall miss them greatly.

A memorial service in honor of Jim will be held on July 6, 2008, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Garden Room at Pickwick Gardens. This will be followed by an open skate in the Ice Center from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in honor of Jim. (see announcement)

Important updates for the L.A. Open Competition, July 11th – 13th. (6/22/2008)

There will be an Adult Pre-Bronze Freeskate event. This event was not listed on the original form.

There is a change to the Chairperson contact information:
E-mail –
Phone – 818-517-8639

2008 Showcase Results (6/9/2008)

2008 California Championships Results (5/18/2008)

ISU Results
Non-ISU Results

LA Open on July 11-13 (5/15/2008)
Entry Deadline is June 11

Congratulations to Shotaro Omori for winning the Most Outsanding Male Free Skater Trophy at the 2008 South Bay Open Championships. (5/12/2008)

Lake Placid Adult Nationals (updated) (5/3/2008)

Congratulations to our LAFSC Adult Skaters who performed quite well in Lake Placid. We proudly added three more National Champions to our roster this year, and our skaters garnered a total of 7 medals at this event. Great job skaters!

Mark Arteaga
– 1st Place Bronze Mens III
– 2nd Place Adult Mens Art/Dramatic Interp III

Alison Brooker
– 8th Place Adult Ladies Light Entertainment/Comedy – Class IV – Group B – Interp

Joan Bys
– 9th Place Bronze Ladies III Group B (QR)
– 6th Place Adult Ladies – Light Entertainment/Comedy – Class III – Group B – Interp
– 7th Place Adult Ladies – Artistic/Dramatic – Class III – Group A – Interp

Joan Chanel
– 5th place – Masters Novice and Junior Ladies Masters Novice and Junior Ladies V
– 3rd Place – Masters Ladies – Artistic/Dramatic V – Interp

Ileana Delfaus-Benish
– 2nd Place Masters Novice Ladies III
– 1st Place Masters Ladies – Artistic/Dramatic – Class III – Group B – Interp
– 3rd Place Masters Ladies – Light Ent/Comedy – Class III – Group B -Interp

Sara Robertson
– 1st Place Masters Ladies – Light Entertainment/Comedy II Interp
– 1st Place Masters Ladies – Artistic/Dramatic – Class II – Interp

Michael Cruz had to withdraw from the Championship Gold Men event due to injury.

LAFSC Celebates 75th Anniversary (4/17/2008)
2008 is a very special year for the Los Angeles Figure Skating Club —we are celebrating 75 years as a member of United States Figure Skating. The Los Angeles Figure Skating Club has had 174 National and World champions as well as 100 World and Olympic team members during its 75-year history

Join the Celebration !
Buy tickets online or call 866-668-7510

Victoria Hecht Wins Gold at Triglav Trophy in Solvenia (4/17/2008)
Congratulations to Victoria Hecht for winning the Gold medal (Junior Ladies) at Triglav Trophy in Slovenia. Results ABC News story on Victoria

Adult Championship Kudos (3/17/2008)
Congratulations to Michael Cruz who placed second in Championship Adult Gold Men’s Freeskate and Paula Smart who placed sixth in Championship Adult Gold Ladies’ Freeskate at Pacific Coast Adult Sectionals. Great job!

CA Championships (3/7/2008)
5th California Championships at East-West Ice Palace –Entry deadline April 19th, 2008

LAFSC Showcase for Skaters (3/7/2008)
Showcase for Skaters at Pickwick –Entry deadline May 7th, 2008.


The Los Angeles Figure Skating Club is proud to be the Home Club of 2008 National Champion in Senior Pairs, Keauna McLaughlin! Keauna and partner Rockne Brubaker dominated the Championship Pairs event in their first Nationals as Senior competitors!


LAFSC was represented by seven members at the 2008 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships in St. Paul, MN from January 20-27th. Everyone skated well and enjoyed the entire event by attending seminars, parties, and of course cheering each other on! We are very proud of each and every one of you. Congratulations to our accomplished athletes!

1 1 1 Keauna McLaughlin (with Rockne Brubaker)
7 8 7 Themi Leftheris (with Naomi Nari Nam)
12 9 14 Alex Merritt (with Katie Beriau)

10 12 9 Arielle Trujillo (with Daniyel Cohen)

9 9 10 Victoria Hecht

4 3 4 Galvani Hopson (with Kloe Bautista
10 10 10 David Sparks (with Tori Vollmer)

11 11 11 10 Hayley SooHoo (with Brett Ryan)

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