With just three weeks until the New Year, competitive ice skaters are deep in preparation for their upcoming winter competitions–and there are plenty of them throughout Pittsburgh thanks to the region’s widespread skating community. If you’re interested in competing, check out these upcoming winter competitions.
2012 All-American Challenge Cup
The Skating Club of Greater Youngstown will host its annual Ice Skating Institute (ISI) competition January 21-22, 2012. The 2012 ISI All-American Challenge Cup, part of the ISI District 7 Championship Series, will offer events for recreational skaters of all ages and levels, including solo programs for tots and freestyle skaters; stroking; interpretative; compulsories; ice dance; [family and solo] spotlights; footwork; jump & spin; synchronized skating; hockey; and more. For more information, contact competition director Maria Koman at 330-502-7528. Click here for the announcement and an application.
Pennsylvania Skating Championships
The 25th annual Pennsylvania Skating Championships, a U.S. Figure Skating (USFS)-sanctioned and ISI-endorsed competition hosted by the White Rose Figure Skating Club, will take place from February 3-5, 2012 at the York City Ice Arena in York, PA. Approximately a five-hour drive from the Pittsburgh area, this competition is sure to draw several hundred USFS and ISI skaters from throughout the area hoping to qualify for the 2013 State Games of America to be held in Hershey, PA in August. In addition to traditional competition events, like compulsory moves, freestyle, ice dance, and spotlight events, there will also be an opening ceremony/exhibition skating performance and a Friday evening skating party open to all competitors and their families. For more information, contact competition chair Denny Enfield at 717-332-9093. Click here for the announcement and application.
2012 Shamrock Skate
Returning for its 12th year is the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center’s ISI endorsed Shamrock Skate, scheduled for Saturday, March 17, 2012. Last year’s competition drew more than 170 ice skaters from twelve rinks for a day of fun, recreational events, and this year’s competition promises to be even bigger and better than past years! The announcement and application for the Shamrock Skate will be available in the upcoming weeks, so be sure to check the Island Sports Center’s website for more information. Questions may be directed to competition director Beth Sutton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-397-4469.