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Thursday, 17 March 2016 10:04

Saratoga Springs Figure Skaters Enjoy Banner Season

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga Springs Figure Skating Club’s (SSFSC) member skaters spent the 2015-16-competition season having fun, showcasing skills and winning medals. 

In January, SSFSC’s synchronized skating team, the Saratoga Springs Shining Stars, competed in the 32nd Annual Colonial Classic, placing fifth overall. Later in the month, the team traveled to Richmond, VA, and qualified for the championship round to finish 11th overall. The Shining Stars and The Rising Stars, SSFSC’s exhibition team, will skate at the club’s year-end showcase exhibition this Sunday evening, March 20, from 4 – 7 p.m. at Saratoga Springs’ Weibel Rink. 


Figure skaters Meghan Bailey, Kjersti Conway, Chelsea Wertans and Riley Vogel brought home medals from Ice Skating Institute’s annual championship competition held in Lake Placid. Riley went on to compete at the Bay State Games in Massachusetts earning gold in juvenile freestyle program and qualifying for the 2017 State Games of America, a national competition held every two years. 


In February, SSFSC member skaters joined hundreds of figure skaters from all over New York State to compete in the 36th Empire State Winter Games at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid. Our local area’s skaters were exceptionally represented by strong participation, excellent standings and remarkable sportsmanship.


As the competitive season winds down, skaters will be celebrating the season and working to refine their skills. This Sunday, SSFSC will host its year-end exhibition at the Saratoga Weibel Rink. Skaters of all skill levels and multiple disciplines, including figure and synchronized skating as well as Learn2Sk8 participants, will showcase their skills and celebrate another great season. Additionally, Saratoga Springs Synchronized Skating will be hosting a Synchro Clinic on May 14 at the Clifton Park Ice Arena. World-champion Hayden Synchronized Skating Teams director and head coach, Saga Krantz, will join Saratoga Springs Synchronized Skating Teams director and head coach, Missy Williams, and others for a day filled with learning and fun. 


SSFSC is dually affiliated with United States Figure Skating Association (USFS) and Ice Skating Institute (ISI), and has been promoting the sport of figure skating for almost 50 years. The club offers an array of programs for children and adults including Learn2Sk8, freestyle, dance and synchronized skating.


To learn more about both events, and more information about SSFSC programs, visit ssfsc.wordpress.com.

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