Informational list of Summer Competitions in the USA & Canada
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: [url]http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/showthread.php?p=253644#post253644[/url] ), 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: [url]http://www.escondidofsc.org/results.htm[/url]
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: [url]http://www.lafsc.org/[/url]
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: [url]http://www.libertyskating.org/2007Results.html[/url]
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): [url]http://www.dscclub.com/[/url]
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: [url]http://www.thesportscorp.org/rmsg/2007_SGA/index.html[/url]
Michelle Kwan is scheduled to light the torch at the Opening Ceremony on Thursday, August 2: [url]http://www.thesportscorp.org/SGA2007/opening_ceremony.html[/url] (spectator tickets are limited)
Figure Skating event info: [url]http://www.thesportscorp.org/SGA2007/sports/figure_skating.html[/url]
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: [url]http://www.usfigureskating.org/Story.asp?id=39221[/url]
Indy Pairs and Dance Challenge, August 10-12, Fishers, IN (*note this year's change in rink venue)
Club site/RESULTS: [url]http://www.iwsafsc.org/indy_chal_2007.htm[/url]
USFS' event article: [url]http://www.usfigureskating.org/Story.asp?id=39245[/url]
Colorado Championships, August 6-11, Arvada, CO
Apex Center Ice Arena: [url]http://www.northjeffco.org/activities/ice/[/url]
Silicon Valley Open, August 8-11, San Jose, CA
Bebe Liang is scheduled to compete here according to her official site.
Club site/RESULTS: [url]http://www.peninsulaskatingclub.org/[/url]
National Showcase, August 8-12, Fort Collins, CO
Club site/ticket info: [url]http://www.iscfc.org/[/url]
USFS' event page with results/article/photos: [url]http://www.usfigureskating.org/event_details.asp?id=38682[/url]
DuPage Open, August 17-19, Buffalo Grove, IL
Club site: [url]http://www.dupagefsc.org/Competitions/DuPageOpen/DuPageOpenMAIN.htm[/url]
Cranberry Open, August 22-25, Kingston, MA (*note this year's change in rink venue)
Club site: [url]http://www.yarmouthiceclub.org/[/url]
Golden West, August 30-Sept. 2, Culver City, CA
Club site: [url]http://www.allyearfsc.com/events/[/url]
ISU Junior Grand Prix #1, Aug. 30-Sept. 2, Lake Placid, NY
USFS' event page: [url]http://www.usfigureskating.org/event_details.asp?id=38850[/url]
Mid-Atlantics, Sept. 6-9, Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers, New York City, NY
Club site: [url]http://www.thescny.org/[/url]
Challenge Cup, Sept. 13-15, Ardmore, PA
club site: [url]http://www.pschs.org/[/url]
Boston Open, Sept. 13-16, Boston, MA
Club site: [url]http://www.scboston.org/[/url]
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
Last edited by Sylvia; 08-16-2007 at 08:18 AM.
Reason: added results and article links
Wow, thanks Sylvia. Too bad we can't get any TV coverage. Most of us don't get to see the top skaters unless they are shown at nationals. You would think ESPN or someone would be interested in covering something. But ESPN is buzy showing the hot dog eating competition. We know how important that competition is.
Thanks for the info, Sylvia - boy o boy do I wish I could get out to Aston, Pa - where the heck is Aston, anyway?
Aston (not marked on some maps) is about 22 miles SW of downtown Philadelphia and 12.5 miles NE of Wilmington, Delaware. It's just west of I-95.
Thanks for posting, AC. Welcome!
Liberty had been covered on local cable a few years back IIRC...in fact Nancy Kerrigan hosted the event. I am sure Sylvia can pull up the old info. Not sure if this will happen again.
Originally Posted by flying camel
Yes, the CN8 regional cable network broadcast some of the top senior men's and ladies' free skates at Liberty in 2005. I haven't heard that they will be taping again (although some Liberty videos could show up again in the FSVids forum eventually...).
Since I last posted, skater rosters have been published for Skate Detroit, Lake Placid Dance (up to junior), the Québéc Summer Championships, and the State Games of America (see links above).
Skate Detroit roster can be viewed at:
Senior Men: Parker Pennington, Tommy Steenberg, Rohene Ward, Jonathan Cassar, and 2 from Canada - Karolin Metivier & Ken Rose.
Senior Ladies include: Megan Oster, Maria Papasotiriou (GRE), Erica Archambault, Megan Hyatt, Katy Taylor [later withdrew], and Lesley Hawker and Diane Szmiett from Canada.
Senior Pairs SP (4 teams): Castile/Okolski and Vlassov/Meekins [later withdrew], Butler/Jacobsen (JGP), and Beriau/Merritt.
There are notable Junior men, ladies and pairs to watch as well.
Thread for 2007 Liberty results/news/videos: [url]http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17119[/url]
Thread for 2007 Skate Detroit results/news/videos:
Last edited by Sylvia; 08-05-2007 at 05:19 PM.
Reason: added links to Liberty & Skate Detroit threads here at GS
Thanks for the updates, Sylvia!
Anybody has infos and results regarding Minto Summer Skate?
Sylvia - Any info on the Entrants to MidAtlantics would be much appreciated.
I'm really suprised that Lesley Hawker got 69.09 for her LP!! What happened to her? Personally, I don't really like her skating but I'm still wondering what she did to earn this low score.
Is Caroline Z doing any summer club competitions? She did Golden West in the past. It's at her home club after all.
Zhang must compete at least at one summer event as she is required by USFS "B" envelope status to compete and be monitored before her GP season.
Don't worry, I'll post a link once the roster is published online.
Originally Posted by Joesitz
No need to read too much into a low score in a summer comp. since most skaters are focusing on trying out their new programs in a public, competitive setting. In the Skate Detroit Senior Ladies FS Final, Hawker landed a triple lutz, a triple toe and a double axel but had 4 falls (she scored 74.74 in her earlier qualifying FS). She still has 3 months to train before Skate Canada.
Originally Posted by bibi
I've heard that Zhang will likely compete at Golden West -- this is still unofficial and we'll have wait and see if her name appears on the roster there (and if she competes).
Originally Posted by feraina
Last edited by Sylvia; 08-06-2007 at 09:30 AM.
Bebe Liang, Chrissy Hughes (senior debut) and Nick LaRoche competed at the Silicon Valley Open in San Jose, CA this past weekend.
Here are the Senior Ladies FS and Final "unofficial" results/scores:
1. Bebe Liang 132.38 (SP+FS combined); 89.12 (1st in FS)
2. Laney Diggs 123.02; 81.01 (2nd in FS)
3. Danielle Kahle 121.70; 75.67 (3rd in FS)
4. Chrissy Hughes 105.97; 65.45 (4th in FS)
5. Erin Reed 99.69; 60.36 (5th in FS)
6. Olivia Olsen 95.57
7. Katie Mulvaney 87.89
8. Jacqueline Garces 77.48
9. Shannon Pauls 74.67
Senior Ladies FS jump notes for top 4 (passed along to me):
1. Liang 89.12 [Yellow River Piano Concerto]
3F (wonky landing)-turns-3Lo fall, 3Z, 3S, 3Z fall, 3T, 3F, 2A step out.
Bebe's 2 Senior Grand Prix assignments are Cup of China and Russia.
2. Diggs 81.01 [movie music?]
3Z-2T, 3F fall, 3Lo, 3F, 3Z fall, 2A, 3S-2T fall out.
Laney was the 1st alternate in Junior Ladies to 2007 Nationals from the Pacific Coast section and has moved up to senior this season.
3. Kahle 75.67 [Rachmaninov piano concerto no. 2]
3Lo step out, 2F, 1Z, 3F, 2A, 2Lo-2T, 3T.
Danielle has a Senior B international assignment in late September (Nebelhorn Trophy in Germany).
4. C. Hughes 65.45 [Violin concerto by Korngold]
2T, 2A, 3S-2T, 3T fall, 2A fall, 2Lo, 2S.
Chrissy (NOT related to Sarah/Emily) is scheduled to compete in her first-ever Junior Grand Prix in Romania in early September. She was 6th in Junior at 2007 Nationals and has moved up to senior (domestically) this season.
Senior Men FS jump notes (don't have FS results/scores at this time, but this is the likely order of finish):
Nicholas LaRoche [Medley of 3 instrumentalized songs: Unchained Melody, Love theme from "Robin Hood" soundtrack, Unforgettable/last year's music]
Jumps: 3Lo step out, 3A (3turned out), 3F-steps-2T (sequence?), 3S, 3T, 2Z, 3Z.
Nick has a Senior B international assignment to the Ondrej Nepela Memorial in Slovakia in September.
Dennis Phan [Tchaikovsky piano concerto/last year's music]
2A step out, 3Z-2T, 3F fall, 3Lo, 3T fall, 3S, 3Z, 3S-2T.
Peter Lindstrom [music?]
3F hand down-2T, 2Lo, 2Z-2T, double jump?, 2A, 3S-2T, fall on straightline steps, 3Z, 3F fall out.
Link to a detailed report on the Senior Ladies SP on Friday: