Eight local figure skaters will be competing at the upcoming State Figure Skating Championships, taking place Aug. 17 to 19 at the Bloomington Ice Gardens. These area members of the local Three Rivers Figure Skating Club practice year round.
Figure Skating competitions happen all year long around the area and state, starting with basic skills competitions up to the Senior Freeskate levels. As skaters pass different tests, they can compete at different levels. This keeps competitions fair and opens up competition opportunities for all levels of skaters. As the skaters learn new jumps, spins, and footwork, they get longer and more difficult and complicated programs to perform.
Skaters from the Three Rivers Figure Skating Club who are competing at this year’s State Figure Skating Championship include:
• Kimberly Bell, Pre‐preliminary, coached by Patti Itzin. Kimberly is an eighth grader at Maple Grove Junior High. She has been skating for four years.
• Sunny Choi, Pre‐preliminary, coached by Mandy Pirich. Sunny is in the third grade at Rush Creek Elementary and has been skating for three and a half years.
• Nicole Hoffman, Preliminary level, coached by Mandy Pirich. Nicole is a seventh grader at Osseo Junior High School. She has been skating for seven years.
• Sarah Kjome, Preliminary level, coached by Patti Itzin. Sarah is a seventh grader at Osseo Junior High School. She has been skating for five years.
• Abbie Kowalke, Juvenile level, coached by Patti Itzin and Karen Olson. Abbie is a ninth grader at Maple Grove Junior High and has been skating for nine years.
• Samantha Lenart, Prejuvenile level, coached by Mandy Pirich. Samantha is a ninth grader at Anoka High School and has been skating for eight years.
• Cassie Nelson, Intermediate, coached by Cassie Joyce. Cassie is a 10th grader at Champlin Park High School. She has been skating for nine years.
• Aurora Wiseman, Juvenile level, coached by Mandy Pirich. Rory is a 10th grader at Maple Grove Senior High. She has been skating for seven years.
The Three Rivers Figure Skating Club, with more than 100 members, has figure skating ice time available five days a week at the Brooklyn Park Community & Activities Center at 5800 85th Avenue. Interested students can come to watch skaters working with coaches and observe how the special jumps harness works. Figure skating ice time is available, with or without a coach, either by the hour or by contract for fall, winter, spring, or summer. The ice times available are posted at BPFSC.com under Ice Contracts.