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2010 News Archive

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LAFSC Skaters Shine at Junior Nationals (12/22/2010)

Day-by-Day coverage as posted at our Facebook Page (Los Angeles Figure Skating Club)

The consecutive string of having at least one National Champion in at least one discipline every year since 1983 continues with Elise & Robert’s National Championship in Intermediate Pairs! Congratulations to Robert & Elise and their coaches, Peter Oppegard and Themi Leftheris. Congratulations to all our Junior Nationals skaters, their families and coaches on your fine efforts at this year’s Junior Nationals!

Sunday 12/19/10: JNs wrapped up with more great skating by LAFSC members. Daniel Samohin finished 4th in Intermediate Men, earning the pewter medal. In the same event, Sahmaro Rockhold finished 18th. Lauren Campbell had a lovely, clean skate and earned 7th in Intermediate Ladies. Heidi Han won the Juvenile Girls silver medal and was just 0.25 points off the gold medal. Logan Leonesio and his Juvenile Dance partner completed their freeskate program and placed 18th. Congratulations to all our LAFSC competitors for their fine showing! You make us proud!

Friday 12/17/10: Another busy day of skating for our Jr. Nationals competitors. Winning the National Championship in Intermediate Pairs are Elise Middleton and Robert Hennings! Congratulations! We are proud of your accomplishment. In the same event, Arind de Los Reyes and Darian Weiss skated a clean program and finished 11th in the… nation! After the short program for the Intermediate Men, Daniel Samohin is in second place, less than one point out of first. Sahmaro Rockhold is in 20th place, and could move up significantly in the long program. LAFSC’s Lauren Campbell is in sixth after the Intermediate Ladies short program. In 20th place after the Juvenile compulsory dances and looking to improve their standing in the freeskate are LAFSC member Logan Leonesio and partner Cassidy Klopstock. Great job to those who have finished, and wishing those who have still to skate good luck and a great skate! Everyone in the Los Angeles Figure Skating Club is behind you all the way!

Thursday 12/16/10: LAFSC members continue to make a great showing at Junior Nationals. Sahmaro Rockhold will join Daniel Samohin in the Intermediate Men’s final round after finishing 9th in the very tough qualifying group B. Juvenile Girls Qualifying Round Group A was won by LAFSC member and Southwest Pacific Juvenile Girls Champion, Heidi Han. Good luck in the finals, skaters!

Wednesday 12/15/10: Congratulations to LAFSC’s Lauren Campbell for placing 4th in Intermediate Ladies Qualifying Group A at Jr. Nationals! Way to go, Lauren! We will all be rooting for you in the final round! Placing 2nd in Intermediate Men Qualifying Group A, Daniel Samohin has earned a spot in the final round! Congratulations, Daniel! Also doing LAFSC proud in this group were Othniel Chan (11th) and Darian Weiss (18th). Way to go LAFSC!

Congratulations to LAFSC Members at the Ice Challenge (12/19/2010)

LAFSC member Don Baldwin, with partner Tiffany Vise, won the silver medal at
the Ice Challenge held in Graz, Austria. LAFSC competitor Themi Leftheris,
with partner Lindsay Davis, finished fourth at the same competition.
Congratulations to both teams!!

The Los Angeles Figure Skating Club is proud to be represented by the
Following skaters at the 2011 Championships! (12/19/2010)

US National Competitors

Devin Perini – Novice Pairs with Chelsea Liu
Spencer Howe – Novice Men
Alana Walker – Novice Ladies
Brett Mueller – Novice Dance with Grace Deissroth
AJ Reiss – Junior Pairs with Brynn Carman
Shotaro Omori – Junior Men
Katarina Kulgeyko – Junior Ladies
Themi Leftheris – Senior Pairs with Lindsay Davis
Don Baldwin – Senior Pairs with Tiffany Vise

Jr. National Competitors:

Logan Leonesio – Juvenile Dance with Cassidy Klopstock
Elise Middleton & Robert Hennings – Intermediate Pairs
Arin De Los Reyes & Darian Weiss – Intermediate Pairs
Othniel Chan – Intermediate Men
Sahmaro Rockhold – Intermediate Men
Daniel Samohin – Intermediate Men
Darian Weiss – Intermediate Men
Lauren Campbell – Intermediate Ladies
Heidi Han – Juvenile Girls

2010 Los Angeles Open Results (8/4/2010)

July Test Sessions (7/9/2010)

Attention Skaters: Due to the number of test requests received, all of the Wednesday night Club sessions at Pickwick starting with July 21st and continuing through August 25th will be used for test sessions. There will be no freestyles available at any of these sessions.

Club Jacket Contest (7/9/2010)

We are proud to announce a contest to design this year’s 2011 LAFSC Qualifying Competitors Jacket. This contest is open to all current LAFSC Home Club Members. The winning design will be utilized for this year’s qualifying competitors jacket, and the winning designer will receive special recognition and a special gift at our Annual Regionals/Sectionals Competitors Send Off Party.

Deadline for entries is August 6, 2010.

Please download the attached template and note the suggested guidelines for your design. Use this template to design your submission then scan and submit your final design to Be sure to write your name on your design!

Guidelines For Designing the 2011 LAFSC Competitors Jacket:

  1. Black or Royal Blue should be used for the main colors of the jacket. Gold can and should be used as an accent color. The trim on the collar can be either black, royal blue or gold. Zippers can be black or royal blue.
  2. Please try and keep the design simply and sporty. Make it simple and something you and your fellow club mates will be proud to wear.
  3. The LAFSC on the back is in gold only. The club logo, the skater’s first name and Competition Team 2011 will be embroidered on the front upper left hand side of the jacket.

Showcase 2010 Results (6/25/2010)


June Test Sessions (6/2/2010)

Please note that starting in July, there will only be test sessions on the 2nd Wed of each month. at Pickwick.

Register Now for the 2010 Los Angeles Open

There will be no official practice ice. Early morning freestyles may be available at Pickwick on a non-reserved, first-come, first-served basis. Call Pickwick for details.

2010 LA Open Online Registration (Save money by registering online !!)
LA Open Announcement

According to the 2010 Governing Council report of action, the new requirements for well-balanced programs for the Juvenile, Open Juvenile and Intermediate levels will take effect June 1. Therefore, at the 2010 Los Angeles Open Championships, programs for these levels will be judged according to these new standards.

California Championships Results (5/18/2010)

Team Envelopes Announced (5/16/2010)

LAFSC is proud to have 3 of its skaters named to team envelopes for the 2010-2011

  • Keauna McLaughlin (w/Rockne Brubaker): Team A, Tier Two
  • Austin Kanallakan: Team C, Tier One
  • Katarina Kulgeyko: Team C, Tier Two

The envelope level is primarily determined by an ahlete’s performance in international
and U.S. Figure Skating competitions during the previous season and is used to determine
funding levels.

Congratulations Keauna, Austin and Katarina!

LAFSC’s Adult Skaters Win Medals at Adult Nationals (4/20/2010)

Congratulations to our adult skaters who competed at Adult Nationals last week in Minneapolis. We are proud to be the Home Club of so many talented adult skaters!

Webb (w/Diego Hemingway)     2nd
Novice Ladies V Free Skate
Chanel      1st

Championship Gold Men:
Manzo    6th
Ladies IV
Gelsebach        4th
Gold Men

Manzo    1st

Championship Pairs
Webb (w/Diego Hemingway)     3rd
Gold Men
Manzo    1st

Championship Master Intermediate/Novice Men

Newcombe         4th

Ladies III

Scott    1st

Joan Bys


Palazzo & Bobby Polchuck       2nd

Solo Dance Group B First Dance

Joan Bys
Solo Dance Group B First Final Round Dance
Joan Bys

Artistic/Dramatic Interpretive III Group A

Joan Bys

Light Entertainment/Comedy Interpretive III

Joan Bys

Ladies Artistic/Dramatic Interpretive IV

Gelsebach        7th

Ladies Artistic/Dramatic Interpretive V

Chanel      1st
Ladies Light Entertainment/Comedy Interpretive IV

Gelsebach        4th

Ladies Light Entertainment/Comedy Interpretive V

Joan Chanel

Adult Figure Skating Championships (1/7/2010)

REMINDER!!! The deadline to register for the 2010 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships is a little more than a week away. Entries for the event will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 15. Please visit the Members Only portion of to submit your registration.

National Championship Competitors (1/7/2010)

GOOD LUCK to our U.S. National Championship competitors – Keauna McLaughlin, Don Baldwin, AJ Reiss, Austin Kanallakan, Katarina Kulgeyko, and Shotaro Omori. We are rooting for you!

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Newsletter Volume 65, Issue 3

In This Issue:

  • 2011 Southwest Pacific Regional Championships Results
  • Before They Were Coaches…
  • National Showcase Results
  • Adult Production Team wins Morry Stillwell Award

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