● ● ● ● ● ● The ISU Grand Prix season begins October 19-21 in Everett, Washington with Skate America. SCNY member Jimmy Ma will be competing in the men's event and Ashley Cain (SCNY) and Timothy LeDuc (LAFSC, assoc. member SCNY) will be competing in pairs. Good luck, Jimmy, Ashley, Tim and all Team USA skaters! ● ● ● Eighty-five SCNY members compete October 17-21 at the 2019 North Atlantic Regional Figure Skating Championships in Lake Placid, New York. Good luck, all SCNY skaters! ● ● ● Oona and Gage Brown placed eighth at their second ISU Junior Grand Prix event, JGP Yerevan, Armenia. ● ● ● Congratulations Christina Carreira (SCNY) and Anthony Ponomarenko (SCSF) on winning BRONZE at the ISU Challenger Series Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany! ● ● ● Congratulations Ashley Cain (SCNY) and Timothy LeDuc (LAFSC, assoc. member SCNY) on winning their second ISU Challenger Series GOLD medal in two weeks, this time at the 2018 Ondrej Nepela Trophy in Bratislava, Slovakia! ● ● ● Congratulations Haven Denney (SCNY) and Brandon Frazier (All Year FSC) on winning BRONZE at the ISU Challenger Series Autumn Classic in Oakville, Canada! Fellow SCNY member Alexia Paganini placed eighth in the senior ladies' event, representing Switzerland. ● ● ● Congratulations Ashley Cain (SCNY) and Timothy LeDuc (LAFSC, assoc. member SCNY) on winning GOLD at the ISU Challenger Series US International Figure Skating Classic in Salt Lake City, Utah! Congratulations Christina Carreira (SCNY) and Anthony Ponomarenko (SCSF) on winning SILVER in their first-ever international assignment in senior dance, and Jimmy Ma on winning BRONZE in senior men. We are so proud of you! ● ● ● Congratulations Ilana Sedaka on winning GOLD in senior combined dance at the 2018 National Solo Dance Final in Hyannis, MA, and for winning BRONZE in international pattern dance! Congratulations Adrienne Carhart and Chiara Tan on winning GOLD and SILVER, respectively, in the novice combined AND silver pattern dance events! ● ● ● Congratulations Laura Jacobson on placing fourth in novice ladies at the US Challenge Skate in Salt Lake City! ● ● ● Thank you to everyone who participated or volunteered at the 93rd Annual Middle Atlantic Championships! Results are posted here. ● ● ● SCNY members Oona and Gage Brown placed ninth in dance in their first USFS international assignment - JGP Kaunas, Lithuania. Fellow SCNY member Audrey Shin placed eleventh in the junior ladies. ● ● ● Congratulations to our Reach for the Sky Rink All Stars Senior Team on winning SILVER in the mini ensemble event at National Showcase! ● ● ● Skyliners coaches Josh Babb and Pam May won the 2018 PSA Developmental Coach of the Year Award. PSA also nominated Josh for its 2018 Choreographer of the Year Award. Congratulations, Josh and Pam! ● ● ● Congratulations, Adam Rippon -- 2018 Dancing with the Stars Champion! ● ● ● Click here to join SCNY or renew your membership for the 2018-19 season! ● ● ● Congratulations Skyliners Junior - 2018 ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating silver medalists - the first-ever medal of any color by a US team at Junior Worlds! We are so proud of you! Fellow Team USA members Lexettes placed sixth, their highest-ever finish. Congratulations, Lexettes! ● ● ● Congratulations Christina Carreira (SCNY) and Anthony Ponomarenko (SCSF) - 2018 ISU World Junior Figures Skating silver medalists in ice dance! Fellow ice dancers Chloe Lewis (All Year FSC) and Logan Bye (SCNY) placed seventh. ● ● ● Congratulations Maia and Alex Shibutani - Olympic bronze medalists in ice dance and the team event! We are so proud of you!! ● ● ● 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 Adam Rippon, Vincent Zhou and Nathan Chen on three top-ten performances at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics - 10th, 6th and 5th! ● ● ● ● ● ●

[…]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

And belated congratulations to

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Kiss & Cry excitement at Synchro Nationals - 2017 Collegiate Championships - University of Michigan and Miami University

Calling all high school students and college bound skaters!

Interested in continuing skating through college?

Join several SCNY collegians, graduates and officials for an overview of collegiate skating, plus participate in an On-ice Mock Intercollegiate Team Maneuvers Competition 9 am to noon, Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Chelsea Piers Sky Rink.

Never heard of maneuvers?

In addition to free skating and solo dance, intercollegiate teams compete in maneuvers -- leveled skills competitions where each team member focuses on one or two required elements (maneuvers) at one of three test-based levels.

Sign up below, sharpen your skates, and join us for an exhilarating morning of mock intercollegiate competition and college skating orientation.


On-Ice Maneuvers (9:00-10:20 am)

Maneuvers will be done as a simulation of an intercollegiate team competition. Participants will select up to two elements that they would like to skate at their current test level when they register for the seminar (see the form below for the list of elements).



Off-Ice Workshops (10:30-Noon)

Overview of Collegiate Skating

  • Opportunities for continued skating in college
  • The difference between collegiate synchronized skating, intercollegiate team skating and Collegiate Championships

Athlete Perspective (current and alumni)

  • Structure of recruitment
  • Opportunities for leadership
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Available programs at all levels of skating -- Intercollegiate figure skating goes from pre-preliminary to senior

College Test Prep Info Session (Noon to 12:50pm)

  • Noodle Pro Tutors, who have worked with SCNY skaters and other athletes, will talk about how to juggle ice time, school, and test prep, and also provide timelines and advice for college prep milestones (class selection, testing, college visits, applications).


Cost: Just $25, inclusive of ice time!

($35 for non-SCNY members)

Parents are welcome to join the Off-Ice Workshop and the College Test Prep Info Session

CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED!!


The Skyliners returned Sunday from the 2017 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in Rockford, Illinois with FOUR NATIONAL TITLES — gold in Junior, Novice, Intermediate and Juvenile, plus bronze for Senior. Gotham City Synchro Masters placed twelfth. We are so proud of every SCNY team and skater!

Skyliners Junior heads to Mississauga, Ontario March 10-11 as TEAM USA 1 and the ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships for the third consecutive year. Good luck, TEAM USA!

The Skyliners Novice Line - 2017 U.S. National Champions
U.S. Synchronized Skating National Champions
Skyliners Senior

Bronze

The Skyliners 2016-17 senior line is the 2017 ISU Zagreb Snowflakes Trophy champion and 2017 ISU Mozart Cup, 2016 Richard Porter and 2016 Boston Synchro Classic bronze medalist. It is the 2017, 2016 and 2015 US national bronze medalist.

Skyliners Junior

Gold

The 2016-17 Skyliners junior line won the 2017 US Synchronized Skating National Championships, 2017 US World Team Selection Event, 2017 ISU Berlin Cup, 2016 New England Challenge Cup and 2016 Dr. Richard Porter Synchro Classic, and claimed bronze at the 2017 and 2016 ISU French Cup in Rouen, France. The line is a three-time national champion and will compete as USA TEAM 1 at the ISU Synchronized Skating Junior World Championships in Mississauga, Ontario.

Skyliners Novice

Gold

The 2016-17 Skyliners novice line is the 2017 US Synchronized Skating Novice National Champion. The line also won the 2017 Eastern Synchronized Sectional Championships and 2017 Colonial, 2016 Dr. Richard Porter and 2016 Boston Sunchro Classics. They are also the 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2011 US Synchronized Skating bronze medalists.

Skyliners Intermediate

Gold

The Skyliners 2016-17 Intermediate line is the 2017 and 2016 US Synchronized Skating National Intermediate Champion and 2017 Eastern Sectional Synchronized Skating Champion. The line won gold at the 2016 Dr. Richard Porter Classic, silver at the 2017 Colonial Classic and bronze at the 2016 Boston Synchro Classic.

Skyliners Juvenile

Gold

The 2016-17 Skyliners Juvenile line is the 2017 and 2016 US Synchronized Skating National Juvenile Champion. The line won gold at the 2017 Eastern Sectional Championships, 2017 Colonial Synchro and 2016 Terry Conners Synchro Classic and silver at the 2017 Boston Synchro Classic. Skyliners Juvenile has won four Nationals titles and has won Eastern Sectionals seven consecutive times.

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Honorable Mentions
Gotham City Synchro Masters

Twelfth

The 2016-17 Gotham City Synchro masters line won silver at the 2017 Colonnial and 2016 Terry Conners Synchronized Skating Classics.

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Team Rosters

The 2016-17 Gotham City Synchro Masters line

Alex Barrett
Cheryl Chang
Joy Foo
Emi Freese
Rebecca Horton
Stephanie Jaworski
Lauren Lin
Marianne Lynn
Fusae Nara
Susan Neiman
Michelle Prettyman
Nancy Quaife
Jennifer Schiff
Ashley Slobodkin

The 2016-17 Skyliners Senior line

Liliana Betschart
Taylor Blake
Rebecca Bone
Katherine Burns
Margaret Burns
Erin Dingley
Grace Fanning
Eliza Farber
Annette Gutnik
Dana Hall
Christine Kao
Catherine Kapica
Kristen Lewis
Shoshanna Lustig
LaDan Nemati
Tessa Ostermann
Casey Ouellette
Samantha Romenesko
Natasha Vo
Paige Wilkie

The 2016-17 Skyliners Junior line

Virginia Barney
Kelsey Bialo
Alexis Bolner
Maggie Brooks
Cordelia Chen
Madison deBlasi
Isabella Dinelli
Katherine Elmlinger
Whitney Elmlinger
Rosie Emerson
Jessica Hu
Michaela Kaminski
Emily Kirillov
Audrey Laude
Olivia Marshall
Katherine Orlin
Alexandra Perez
Neha Reddy
Lainey Rothschild
Kylie Saloma

The 2016-17 Skyliners Novice line

Amie Adjakple
Jillian Belluck
Caitlyn Chapey
Rachel Cortese
Judey DaRos
Elizabeth Essaid
Jolie Golden
Sophia Lamb
Ethne Laude
Juliette Lipson
Mary Ashley Mendik
Gracie Ossorio
Alyssa Politoski
Lucy Potter
Jillian Saloma
Meghan Schaefer
Emmy Sloan
Jocelyn Song
Mia Sparks
Kristen Tse
Natasha Witz
Melissa Woo
Shirley Zhu

The 2016-17 Skyliners Intermediate line

Lisa Asriev
Catherine Babcock
Clara Baurmeister
Arielle Belluck
Sharon Bikvan
Katelyn Coburn
Julia Edelman
Danielle Feingold
Rhianna Gold
Nicole Huber
Brayleigh Keefe
Isabela Malone
Angela Mercurio
Sophie Isabel Overstreet
Alexandra Popescu
Lauren Sallay
Shoshana Schwartz
Erika Sipos
Nikka Staron
Chiara Vlacich
Tracy Wang
Sarah Whittle
Lily Young
Keri Zhang

The 2016-17 Skyliners Juvenile line

Mae Archie
Sherlynn Arcuri
Giovanna Armetta
Gabriella Arovas
Allison Bray
Charlotte Carter
Abigail Cohen
Sonya Danchak
Taylor DelCarmine
Carolyn Fei
Priscilla Liao
Kate Loughran
Veda Malhotra
Celeste Naughton
Chelsea Peng
Jacqueline Preuninger
Alison Quiambao
Mikayla Redmond
Kat Root
Helena Seibert
Christine Song
Alexis Steger
Anika Thite
Serina Wang

SENIOR DANCE

MAIA AND ALEX SHIBUTANI

GOLD

SENIOR PAIRS