Author: Team IDC

US Figure Skating Fosters Development at Challenge Skate

by Anne Calder | photos by Robin Ritoss Watch and Learn US Figure Skating hosted the Sixth Annual Novice & Junior Challenge Skate September 13-17, held in conjunction with the 2017 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic. Both events were held at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex, the official figure skating training center for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The goals of the Challenge Skate were for the novices and juniors to be part of an international setting, observe a senior competition, and to have fun. Invitations are usually given to high-level teams that had not yet been assigned...

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Getting to Know Olivia McIsaac & Elliott Graham

by Jacquelyn Thayer | photo by Danielle Earl When a career-spanning nine-year partnership with Hannah Whitley concluded last December, Canadian junior ice dancer Elliott Graham embarked upon his first real partner search. And after one unsuccessful tryout, coach David Islam alerted Graham to some key news: with the end of the 2016-17 season, novice couple Olivia McIsaac and Liam MacDonald had split. McIsaac, previously based at the Burlington Skating Centre, was familiar with the Mariposa School of Skating where Graham trained – Mariposa coach Kelly Johnson had choreographed a free dance for her and MacDonald, and they had worked...

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