● ● ● ● ● ● Congratulations Maia and Alex Shibutani - Olympic bronze medalists in ice dance and the team event! We are so proud of you!! ● ● ● The Skyliners Junior, Novice, Intermediate and Juvenile lines seek to defend their national titles at the 2018 US Synchronized Skating Championships February 22-24 in Portland, Oregon. 2017 bronze medalists Skyliners Senior are also competing. Good luck, Skyliners! ● ● ● Congratulations Adam Rippon, Vincent Zhou and Nathan Chen on three top-ten performances at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics - 10th, 6th and 5th! ● ● ● Central Park Ice beginner, preliminary, open juvenile and intermediate lines compete February 19 at the 10th annual Reflections Synchro Invitational in Hershey, PA. ● ● ● Congratulations Adam Rippon, Maia and Alex Shibutani, and the rest of the US Olympic figure skating squad on their BRONZE medal in the team event! ● ● ● Congratulations Skyliners Junior on being selected to represent the United States March 16-17 at the ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships in Zagreb, Croatia! ● ● ● Congratulations Central Park Skyliners on winning GOLD at the Connecticut Synnchronized Skating Classic! ● ● ● The Central Park Ice open juvenile and beginner 1 lines won their respective flights at the Empire State Winter Games in Lake Placid. The Dix Hills Ice Chips beginner 2 line also won its flight. The Dix Hills open juvenile line placed fifth. Congratulations, Central Park Ice and Dix Hills Ice Chips! ● ● ● Congratulations Nadine Wang (SCNY) and Spencer Howe (LAFSC) on winning SILVER at their first international, the 2018 Mentor Torun Cup in Torun, Poland! ● ● ● Congratulations Skyliners Junior - SILVER medalists at the 2018 ISU French Cup in Rouen, France! ● ● ● Congratulations Ashley Cain (SCNY) and Timothy LeDuc (LAFSC, assoc. SCNY) on winning SILVER at the 2018 Four Continents Championships in Taipei City. Ice dancers Alexander Gamelin (SCNY) and Yura Min placed seventh, representing South Korea. SCNY member Grant Hochstein placed eleventh in the men's event. ● ● ● Congratulations Skyliners Senior on winning SILVER at the 2018 ISU Mozart Cup in Salzburg. Go Team USA! ● ● ● Congratulations Skyliners Intermediate and Juvenile on winning GOLD at the 2018 Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships in Estero, Florida! Congratulations Skyliners Novice on winning BRONZE! ● ● ● Congratulations Christina Carreira (SCNY) and Anthony Ponomarenko (SCSF) -- 2018 US Figure Skating junior dance champions! Congratulations Chloe Lewis (All Year FSC) and Logan Bye (SCNY) on winning BRONZE! ● ● ● Congratulations Maia and Alex Shibutani on their SILVER medal in senior dance at Nationals! ● ● ● Congratulations SCNY members Adam Rippon and Ashley Cain (SCNY) and Timothy LeDuc (LAFSC, assoc. SCNY) on winning PEWTER in the senior men's and pairs events! Congratulations fellow SCNY members Grant Hochstein and Haven Denney (SCNY) and Brandon Frazier (All Year FSC) on placing fifth in those same events. Good luck, Adam, Maia and Alex at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics! ● ● ● Congratulations Nadine Wang (SCNY) and Spencer Howe (LAFSC) on winning PEWTER in junior pairs at the 2018 US Figure Skating Championships! Congratulations Violeta Ushakova on winning novice ladies BRONZE, and Dalila DeLaura (SCNY) and Ryan Xie (SC Central NJ) on winning juvenile pairs BRONZE! ● ● ● Congratulations Skyliners Senior and Junior -- 2018 ISU Cup of Berlin Champions! Go Team USA! ● ● ● Congratulations Skyliners Novice on winning GOLD and Skyliners Intermediate and Juvenile on winning SILVER at Colonials! Congratulations Gotham City Synchro Masters on winning BRONZE. ● ● ● Congratulations Maia and Alex Shibutani on winning BRONZE at the 2017 ISU Grand Prix Final in Nagoya, Japan! Congratulations Adam Rippon on placing fifth in the men's event. Fellow TEAM USA member Nathan Chen won GOLD. ● ● ● Congratulations Christina Carreira (SCNY) and Anthony Ponomarenko (SCSF) on winning SILVER at the 2017 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final! We are so proud of you! ● ● ● Congratulations to SCNY member Kyoko Ina and John Zimmerman and Michael Weiss on being elected to the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame! ● ● ● Congratulations Skyliners senior, junior and intermediate lines on winning GOLD and Skyliners novice on winning SILVER at the Dr. Richard Porter Synchronized Skating Classic in Ann Arbor, Michigan! ● ● ● Congratulations Central Park Ice intermediate, preliminary and beginner lines on winning SILVER at the Terry Conners Synchronized Skating Classic in Stamford, CT, and the open juvenile line on winning PEWTER! Congratulations Dix Hills Ice Chips beginner 1 and 2 lines on winning SILVER! ● ● ● Congratulations Adam Rippon on winning SILVER and Maia and Alex Shibutani on winning GOLD at Grand Prix Skate America, and on earning spots at the 2017 ISU Grand Prix Final December 7-10 in Nagoya, Japan! ● ● ● Haven Denney (SCNY) and Brandon Frazier (All Year FSC) placed seventh in pairs at Skate America and Nicole Rajicova placed ninth in the senior ladies'event, representing Slovakia. ● ● ● 10 SCNY members secured spots at the 2018 Prudential US Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, California by medaling at Eastern and Pacific Coast Sectonals. Congratulations Jimmy Ma (senior men - bronze - Eastern Sectionals), Audrey Shin (junior ladies - silver - Eastern Sectionals), Nadine Wang (SCNY) and Spencer Howe (LAFSC)(junior pairs - gold - Eastern Sectionals), Ainsley Peterson (All Year FSC) and Griffin Schwab (SCNY)(junior pairs - silver - Pacific Coast Sectionals), Chloe Lewis (All Year FSC) and Logan Bye (SCNY)(junior dance - gold - Pacific Coast Sectionals), Violeta Ushakova (novice ladies - silver - Eastern Sectionals), Oona and Gage Brown (novice dance - gold - Eastern Sectionals), Sylvia Wong (All Year FSC) and Zachary LoPinto (SCNY)(juvenile pairs - silver - Pacific Coast Sectionals), and Dalila DeLaura (SCNY) and Ruan Xie (SC Central NJ)(juvenile pairs - bronze - Eastern Sectionals)! ● ● ● Congratulations Skyliners Novice, Intermediate and Juvenile lines on winning GOLD at the Boston Synchro Classic in Marlborough, MA! Congratulations Gotham City Adult and Masters on winning BRONZE. ● ● ● Congratulations Adam Rippon on winning SILVER at the 2017 ISU NHK Trophy in Osaka, Japan! Nicole Rajicova placed tenth in the ladies' event, representing Slovakia. ● ● ● Congratulations Skyliners Junior and Senior lines on winning GOLD at the Anaheim Synchro Classic! ● ● ● SCNY member Paige Conners and her pairs partner Evgeni Krasnopolski won BRONZE at the ISU Challenger Series Minsk Arena Ice Star in Belarus, representing Israel. Alexander Gamelin (SCNY) and Yura Min placed fifth in ice dance, representing South Korea. Congratulations, Paige, Evgeni, Yura and Alex! ● ● ● Congratulations Maia and Alex Shibutani on winning GOLD at the 2017 ISU Grand Prix Rostelecom Cup in Moscow! ● ● ● Congratulations Adam Rippon on placing second in the free skate and third overall at the 2017 ISU Challenger Series Finlandia Cup in Espoo, Finland! Fellow Team USA member Vincent Zhou won silver. Go Team USA! ● ● ● 86 SCNY club members competed at the 2018 North Atlantic Regional Figure Skating Championships. We are proud of all of you! ● ● ● Congratulations SCNY member Alexia Paganini on winning BRONZE at the 2017 Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany, competing this season for Switzerland! Switzerland is now officially qualified to compete in ladies' figure skating at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea! ● ● ● Congratulations Alexander Gamelin (SCNY) and Yura Min on placing fourth in ice dancing at Nebelhorn, thus securing an ice dancing spot for South Korea at the 2018 Winter Olympics! ● ● ● Congratulations SCNY member Paige Conners and her partner Evgeni Krasnopolski on winning a pairs spot for Israel at the 2018 Winter Olympics by placing eighth overall at Nebelhorn. Team USA members Ashley Cain (SCNY) and Timothy LeDuc (LAFSC, assoc. SCNY) placed seventh. ● ● ● Congratulations Christina Carreira (SCNY) and Anthony Ponomarenko (SCSF) on winning GOLD at BOTH JGP Salzburg, Austria AND JGP Minsk, Belarus, thus qualifying for the 2017 Junior Grand Prix Final December 7-10 in Nagoya, Japan! ● ● ● It's never to early to think about next year's yearbook. Check out our promo here. ● ● ● ● ● ●

Sunday, May 21 at 10:30 am — Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers

Dear SCNY members and families,

Celebrate the 2016-17 season with good friends and club officials!

Bid farewell to members graduating from high school and congratulate those who passed a gold test this year!

Share delicious food, drink, and views of the Hudson River!

New this year! The exhibition will include a group number celebrating our 2017 regional competitors during which each skater is announced and featured in a step-out. If you are interested in participating, please contact Stacie Krinsky.
Exhibition of SCNY Skaters: 10:30 AMFamily B-B-Q on Sunset Terrace: Noon
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The twenty-third annual U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships concluded Saturday, April 22nd in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Seven skaters attended from the Skating Club of New York, competing in ten events, winning medals in four. Congratulations, all adult skaters!

Skater Event Medal
Anna Drozda Championship Gold Ladies Bronze
Kenneth Yin Championship Gold Men Bronze
Anna Drozda Adult Ladies Gold 1 Bronze
Mayumi Yamamoto Adult Ladies Gold IV Silver
Narrowly missing the podium were fellow SCNY members Rosemarie Coyle, Stephanie Hao, Tracey Rhodes and Tara O'Neil.

[…]this story does not end with her winning any championship medals. It doesn’t have to. In fact, this story does not end at all. Because Susan is still figure skating several mornings a week – simply because skating is still the best way for her to unfold a certain beauty and transcendence within her life that she cannot seem to access in any other manner.

– Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear (Riverhead Books 2016)

My Yahoo Story: Susan Kittenplan

By Susan Kittenplan, Editorial VP, Yahoo! Inc. and President, The Skating Club of New York

A friend of mine, the writer Elizabeth Gilbert, called me a few years ago to ask if I would participate in a chapter of a new book. “Do you want me to edit a specific chapter?” I asked, since I worked closely with her as an editor at both GQ and Allure, and had assigned her essay that led to her book Eat, Pray, Love. “No,” she said. “I am writing a book about people changing their lives and taking risks, and I want to write about you and figure skating.”

Getting back on the ice after 20+ years didn’t feel like a big hurdle. It’s not exactly like climbing K2 or overcoming a stutter. It’s not even in the realm of risk Liz took when she left everything and traveled the world for a year to write her bestseller. Actually, I was a little embarrassed that people might laugh at this so-called challenge.

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I started skating when I was five years old and competed until I was 16. I loved it, but was tired of the early-morning practices, hated doing patch (figure eights), and knew that I was not headed to Nationals, let alone any Olympics. So I gave it up and thought I was done with the sport. However, returning to the ice has been cathartic and life-changing in ways I couldn’t have expected – both personally and professionally.

If you ever see me walking into the New York office on a Tuesday or Friday morning with a huge smile on my face, it’s because I have just come from the rink. I love the feeling of gliding and flying that I get from skating. As soon as my blades touch the ice, I instantly feel better. I also love the camaraderie of skaters with whom I share the ice – from ages 9 to 90. Seriously, there is a judge who is 90 years old who skates regularly, as well as a Nobel Prize winner in physics. Figure skating can seem effortless and elegant, but it takes tremendous strength, agility, and frankly, some acting ability to be a skater. And being a media executive takes some of those same skills as well.

I spent most of my media career at Condé Nast working at Vanity Fair, GQ, Glamour and Allure. But during my time as an editor at Harper’s Bazaar, I remembered that the Hearst offices were located near a skating shop in midtown Manhattan where I bought my ice skates as a little girl. One day, I stopped in after work and bought a far-too-expensive pair. Still, I couldn’t get myself to the rink. It seemed daunting. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to skate at all. It may sound clichéd, but after 9/11 happened, I thought I needed to do something I loved, something that would get me out of my head, something that would get me moving. Those sentiments finally got me to Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers, where I met my coach and my ice dance partner a few weeks later, and started to skate regularly.

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Getting back on the ice has made me less afraid of facing challenges. My return to skating as an adult, especially as an ice dancer, emphasizes strategy and teamwork. It’s impossible for me to think about work or anything else when I skate. Ice dancing requires a great deal of focus; I have to be in the moment and be aware of the space around me. There is no room for my mind to wander because I could trip, fall, and hurt myself and my partner or coach.

Skating also helped with goal setting. Just like those we set at Yahoo, I want to pass different test levels in ice dancing. I have been working on my pre-silver ice dances for a while; I keep failing the test for a dance called the European Waltz. I’m determined to pass – even if I have to wear down those judges and test every month until they get sick of me.

It is important to find your passion, something that makes you get up too early, stay up too late, search online for any story on the topic and feel giddy when you find kindred spirits who are also obsessed with your passion. Passion can be used as a form of what I call “Positive Procrastination.” You know how sometimes it helps to put one story or project aside and work on another? That is Positive Procrastination – distraction in a good way. Skating also brings me stress relief. It feels as if my brain completely switches to another frequency.

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I believe my passion makes me better at my job. When I skate before work, I come to the office with a clear head. Skating has pushed me to face certain fears, such as stage fright or speaking in public – something I have to do more at Yahoo than I have ever done before. Also, it has allowed me to become more flexible and understanding. Working with a partner requires that you do your best to not let the other person down, but it also helps you to understand that mistakes can happen no matter how much you have prepared (all good lessons that can be applied to any job). Ultimately, my passion for skating has taught me to bring grace and resilience to both the ice and the office. And there’s that whole “You fall, then you get back up” metaphor. Trite but true.

Ultimately, I said yes to Liz, and she did include me in her book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, writing about my skating as only she can:

“[…]this story does not end with her winning any championship medals. It doesn’t have to. In fact, this story does not end at all. Because Susan is still figure skating several mornings a week – simply because skating is still the best way for her to unfold a certain beauty and transcendence within her life that she cannot seem to access in any other manner.

And she would like to spend as much time as possible in such a state of transcendence while she is still here on earth. That’s all. That’s what I call creative living.”

It is creative living that I have also found at Yahoo. I hope you find your passion and that it inspires you both in your work and, most importantly, in your life.

This article is republished with the permission of Yahoo! Inc.

Helsinki, Finland hosts 2017 ISU World Figure Skating Championships March 29 through April 2, 2017. SCNY members Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani represent the United States in dance and Haven Denney and her partner Brandon Frazier represent the United States in pairs. Other club members include Slovakian ladies champ Nicole Rajicova, Israeli dance champs Isabella Tobias and her partner Ilya Tkachenko, and South Korean dance champs Alexander Gamelin and his partner Yura Min.

Good luck, all SCNY and all Team USA skaters!

 

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2016 and 2017 U.S. Senior Dance Champions

2016 World Silver Medalists

2011 World Bronze Medalists

5X US Senior Silver and Bronze Medalists

2014 Olympians

2010 U.S. Junior National Champions

2011 World Junior Silver Medalists

2016 Skate America, 2016 Cup of China, 2016 Four Continents and 2015 NHK Champions

Maia and Alex Shibutani

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2017 US Senior Pairs Champions

2015 and 2016 Skate America silver medalists

2015 US senior pairs silver medalists

2012 US junior pairs champions

Haven Denney
and Brandon Frazier

Haven Denney
and Brandon Frazier

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2014 Olympian

7th - 2015 Skate America and Cup of China

5th - 2016 Ondrej Nepela

6th - 2017 European Championships

(representing Slovakia)

Nicole Rajicova

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2015 Tallinn Trophy Gold Medalists

2015 Finlandia Trophy and Mordovian Ornament Silver Medalists

6th place - 2016 Skate America

(representing Israel)

Isabella Tobias
and Ilia Tkachenko

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2017 S. Korean National Champions

(representing S. Korea)

Yura Min and
Alexander Gamelin

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2017 World Junior Dance Bronze Medalists

2017 US junior dance silver medalists

2016 Junior Grand Prix finalists

Silver - JGP Russia, France, Poland

Christina Carreira
and Anthony Ponomarenko

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