3 Maple Grove skaters compete in regional figure skating competition

Rush Creek Elementary 3rd grader wins silver medal

Three Maple Grove skaters competed Oct. 12 to 16 at the Upper Great Lakes Regional Figure Skating Competition in Green Bay, Wis.

Rush Creek Elementary third grader Sunny Choi places second in the pre-preliminary championship round of the Upper Great Lakes Regional Figure Skating Competition Oct. 12 to 16.

Rush Creek Elementary third grader Sunny Choi places second in the pre-preliminary championship round of the Upper Great Lakes Regional Figure Skating Competition Oct. 12 to 16.

Sunny Choi, 8 and a third grader at Rush Creek Elementary, finished second in the Pre-Preliminary championship round, winning the silver medal.  Skating to music from Disney’s Fantasmic, she landed her axel toe loop combination and did a beautiful flying camel and sit spin combination to beat 59 other competitors from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, as well as North and South Dakota.

Sunny began with the Learn to Skate Program at Maple Grove Skating School when she was 4-years-old and is coached by Mandy Pirich. She loves competing and has been working with Pirich to control her nerves when under pressure.

Maple Grove resident Stacie Hopper skates in the 2012 Upper Great Lakes Regional Figure Skating Competition. She is also an instructor with the Maple Grove Skating School.

Maple Grove resident Stacie Hopper skates in the 2012 Upper Great Lakes Regional Figure Skating Competition. She is also an instructor with the Maple Grove Skating School.

Stacie Hopper was a competitor at the Novice Level. She is 17 and a 12th grader at Fourth Baptist Christian School. Stacie skated to Cristofori’s Dream by David Lanz, with a program that included four different double jumps (double loop, lutz, salchow, and toe loop), an axel, and a triple salchow, her first triple jump in competition.

She’s been competing for five years, also with coach Pirich. Stacie is also an instructor with the Maple Grove Skating School and is excited to share her love of skating with her students.

Allie Girvan of Maple Grove performs her freeskate at the Oct. 12 to 16 regional figure skating competition.

Allie Girvan of Maple Grove performs her freeskate at the Oct. 12 to 16 regional figure skating competition.

Allie Girvan, in eighth grade at Maple Grove Junior High, skated her Juvenile Test Track freeskate to music from The Incredibles. She is coached by Ashley Hansen. Allie completed a lovely combination spin consisting of a camel spin, sit spin, broken leg spin, and a back sit spin in her program.

These three competitors are part of the Three Rivers Figure Skating Club, which includes skaters from Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, Champlin and Anoka. The club provides figure skating practice ice (with on-ice and off-ice harness training systems) in pursuit of the sport of figure skating.  Skaters compete at all levels, from basic skills up to triple jumps. The club also hosts a February competition called Skate in the Park, offering an introduction to the sport for all levels from the basic skills up to Juvenile programs. More information is available at threeriversfsc.org.

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