I've compiled this list to let skating fans know about some of the larger club or other significant competitions this summer and early fall in case there might be interest in attending a local competition in your area for the first (or umpteenth!) time. The U.S. senior and junior international skaters are likely to appear at one or more of these competitions to try out their new programs, as well as get IJS feedback from the international/national judges and technical panels.
For me, one of the most enjoyable things about attending major club competitions in the summer is to get an early preview of new programs (see a music compilation list-in-progress for the 2007-08 U.S. team envelope skaters posted at: http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...644#post253644 ), to see which skaters have improved, added new skills, are landing their jumps this early in the season, to make new skater discoveries at the "grassroots" level and follow their progress through the season, etc. Note to club competition newbies: It's always a bonus if skaters land more jumps than not at these summer comps, and so better to have somewhat lower expectations in this particular area.
Hidden Valley Open, July 5-9, Escondido, CA
Nicholas LaRoche (assigned to Nepela/Sr. B) and Richard Dornbush (JGP) are scheduled to exhibit their new programs this weekend and there are other skaters from recent Nationals making their competition debuts for the season.
Club site/RESULTS: http://www.escondidofsc.org/results.htm
Los Angeles Open, July 13-15, Burbank, CA
Senior Ladies scheduled to compete include Mirai Nagasu (JGP) and Yebin Mok (nice to see her still skating/competing!).
Club site/RESULTS: http://www.lafsc.org/
Liberty Summer Competition, July 17-21, Aston, PA
This is considered to be one of THE REALLY BIG summer comps. The skater roster is not released beforehand, but I've heard that some of the skaters scheduled to compete include: Jeremy Abbott, Shaun Rogers, Tommy Steenberg (SP only?), Rachael Flatt, Ashley Wagner, Rohene Ward, Wesley Campbell, Traighe Rouse, Brandon Mroz, Adam Rippon, Douglas Razzano, Amanda Evora/Mark Ladwig, and Keauna McLaughlin/Rockne Brubaker, just to name a few.
Club site/RESULTS: http://www.libertyskating.org/2007Results.html
Skate St. Paul, July 20-22, Richfield, MN
Eliot Halverson is scheduled to debut his JGP programs in exhibition here.
Skate Detroit, July 25-28, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Club site with link to 2007 event schedule (PDF file): http://www.dscclub.com/
Parker Pennington and Katy Taylor (both assigned to Finlandia Trophy), Tommy Steenberg (JGP), Rohene Ward, Brooke Castile/Ben Okolski and Julia Vlassov/Drew Meekins (both on Sr. GP) are some of the senior level skaters scheduled to compete.
2007 State Games of America, August 2-5, Colorado Springs, CO
Official site: http://www.thesportscorp.org/rmsg/2007_SGA/index.html
Michelle Kwan is scheduled to light the torch at the Opening Ceremony on Thursday, August 2: http://www.thesportscorp.org/SGA2007..._ceremony.html (spectator tickets are limited)
Figure Skating event info: http://www.thesportscorp.org/SGA2007...e_skating.html
Lake Placid Dance Ice Dance Championships, August 1-4, Lake Placid, NY
ice-dance.com, once again, is providing special coverage via their event site:
USFS' event article: http://www.usfigureskating.org/Story.asp?id=39221
Indy Pairs and Dance Challenge, August 10-12, Fishers, IN (*note this year's change in rink venue)
Club site/RESULTS: http://www.iwsafsc.org/indy_chal_2007.htm
USFS' event article: http://www.usfigureskating.org/Story.asp?id=39245
Colorado Championships, August 6-11, Arvada, CO
Apex Center Ice Arena: http://www.northjeffco.org/activities/ice/
Silicon Valley Open, August 8-11, San Jose, CA
Bebe Liang is scheduled to compete here according to her official site.
Club site/RESULTS: http://www.peninsulaskatingclub.org/
National Showcase, August 8-12, Fort Collins, CO
Club site/ticket info: http://www.iscfc.org/
USFS' event page with results/article/photos: http://www.usfigureskating.org/event...s.asp?id=38682
DuPage Open, August 17-19, Buffalo Grove, IL
Club site: http://www.dupagefsc.org/Competition...geOpenMAIN.htm
Cranberry Open, August 22-25, Kingston, MA (*note this year's change in rink venue)
Club site: http://www.yarmouthiceclub.org/
Golden West, August 30-Sept. 2, Culver City, CA
Club site: http://www.allyearfsc.com/events/
ISU Junior Grand Prix #1, Aug. 30-Sept. 2, Lake Placid, NY
USFS' event page: http://www.usfigureskating.org/event...s.asp?id=38850
Mid-Atlantics, Sept. 6-9, Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers, New York City, NY
Club site: http://www.thescny.org/
Challenge Cup, Sept. 13-15, Ardmore, PA
club site: http://www.pschs.org/
Boston Open, Sept. 13-16, Boston, MA
Club site: http://www.scboston.org/
Minto Summer Skate, August 3-5, Ottawa, ON
Wild Rose Invitational, August 3-6, Edmonton, AB
Summer Sizzle Invitational, August 10-12, Waterloo, ON
Note: The North American Challenge Skate Series (NACS) is no more, but some of the 2007 U.S. National Novice and top Intermediate (Pre-Novice) level skaters/teams will be attending these 3 Canadian competitions below for developmental international experience.
Championnats québécois d'été / Québéc Summer Championships, August 15-19, Boucherville, QC
Central Ontario Section's (COS) Summer Skate, August 16-19, Thornhill, ON
BC/YT Section SummerSkate, August 16-19, Burnaby, BC