Ice skaters play it cool at ISI meet


By Chuck McShane


While most Fayetteville residents were sweating out the summer, members of the Ice Palace figure skating team kept cool on the ice.

They skated their way to an impressive finish in the 2002 Ice Skating Institute (ISI) World Competition.

The ISI competition brought 2,400 skaters on teams from Philadelphia to the Philippines to the Boston suburb of Marlborough, Mass., during the last week of July.

The nine-member Ice Palace team, in its first year of attending the competition, placed 29th out of 124 teams. The Fayetteville team posted even stronger individual results.

‘‘I’m ecstatic about the way we performed in Boston,” said Ice Palace coach Robin Harger. ‘‘The girls worked really hard this summer and it paid off at the competition.”

The Ice Palace team consists of about 35 members of various skill levels, ranging in age from 5 to 26 years old.

Most skaters on the team are also members of the Cape Fear Figure Skating Club, which competes in the more competitive United States Figure Skating Association.

The team practiced at the Crown Colesium until the Fayettevile Force left town last year, then they moved to McClelland Rink on Fort Bragg. This summer, the skaters found themselves without a local rink to practice in, forcing many skaters to take to the road.

‘‘These girls and their parents are very dedicated to skating,” Harger said. ‘‘Some of the parents and skaters would get up at four in the morning to go to Raleigh to find a rink to practice on, then come back to Fayetteville for school the same morning.”

The figure skating season is year-round and requires daily practice, Harger said. Brittany Snyder, a Level 6 skater, placed first in the freestyle and fourth in the light entertainment spotlight.

Level 5 skater, Jennifer Garcia, finished first in the footwork competition, second in the light entertainment spotlight and third in both the freestyle and solo competitions.

Level 4 Amanda Malsonado placed second in the character spotlight, fourth in footwork and fifth in the freestyle. Another Level 4 skater, Kimberly Mobley, was third in the light entertainment spotlight, fourth in footwork and sixth in the freestyle.

Level 3 Brittany Wardlaw and Julianne Young won the couples’ spotlight, while Young also won the freestyle and solo competitions. Wardlaw won the character spotlight, placed second in the solo and fifth in the freestyle.

Level 2 Rikki Harris won the artistic spotlight, footwork and dramatic spotlight while placing second in the freestyle and solo.

Robyn Osborne-Quinnette won the freestyle and footwork at Level 1, while placing second in the light entertainment spotlight.

The Ice Palace team will be competing in the Gatlinburg Open in Gatlinburg, Tenn., on Oct. 27.


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