Saturday, August 1, 2009

Just add ice -- Summer in Lake Placid, N.Y.

This fall, Lake Placid, N.Y., will host Skate America in November, as well as a Junior Grand Prix event in September, but the on-ice excitement has already started. The 77th annual Miracles on Ice Summer Skating Program kicked off with the Lake Placid Summer Figure Skating Championships from June 25-27.

In the last five weeks, many exciting skaters have passed through the rinks, including Saturday Night Ice Show guest stars Brandon Mroz, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Madison Chock and Greg Zuerlein and Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig. The ice will only continue to heat up, as Johnny Weir headlines the Saturday Night Ice Show on Aug. 1, and the best of ice dancing convene for the Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships on Aug. 5-8. The following week, on Aug. 15th, Rachael Flatt is scheduled to guest star.

Here's an in-depth look at the on-ice excitement from one of my favorite Saturday Night Ice Shows, July 4:

The Lake Placid Olympic Center was decorated with more than just red, white and blue stars. 2006 Olympian Emily Hughes and 2008 U.S. collegiate champion Jason Wong, plus 20 other budding stars, showed up at the rink.

The opening number, choreographed by the creative Scott Brown, featured robotic skating to a cutting-edge remix of "Human" by The Killers.

Skaters from near and far took to the ice to showcase their talent. Kat Grosshans came from Virginia, Harmonee Morgan came from Ohio and Erin Sanislo came all the way from Minnesota. Sanislo, 13, started skating about a year ago after seeing the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships live in her hometown, St. Paul, and she can already land an Axel.

Soloists in the show also included Georgia skaters Dezarae Vazquez, Ally Chebuhar, Helena Fisher and Emily Haar; Connecticut skaters Jillian Belluck, Haley Blau, Katherine Mettler and Arielle Belluck; and several New York skaters -- Gabrielle Newman and Lexi Paganini from Westchester County; Alyssa Mahatme, Ethan Amaral and Allison Shultes from the Lake Placid area; and Hailey Blodgett from Syracuse. Jennifer Rosenthal from Massachusetts and Jamie Moschetto from New Jersey also participated.

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