MONDAY, JULY 31ST

It’s really difficult to write a post-event blog, especially when one’s mind is still a blur from the activities. Upon checking in at Art Devlin’s (our home base for LPIDC 2006), my first order of business was to insure that the wireless internet was working – it was! (During the event last year, a terrible thunder and lightning storm wiped out the internet in Lake Placid for several days.)

After Michelle arrived, we proceeded to hit HoJo’s for a late lunch (it has become a tradition). Eckerd was our next stop – Michelle purchased a relatively inexpensive photocard reader there in 2005 and we were hoping to get a second one – but much to our dismay, we found that they no longer carried the product. The supermarket next door had gone out of business. Rest assured, an Eckerd cashier pointed us in the direction of a new store and we soon stocked up on snacks. We then decided to travel to the neighboring town to see if Radio Shack had card readers – no luck. We headed back to Lake Placid to arrive just before closing time to make a few purchases at the Olympic Store.

I headed to Gap solo, and upon returning to the hotel answered our yearly “who will we run into first” question – Stephanie Nieminski & Jon Lauten. Michelle was conducting a training session with Dee Eggert, one of our photography volunteers.

After an exhausting day of travel and shopping and knowing it would be one of our few full nights of sleep, I was happy when my head hit the pillow. I was not happy, however, when I heard the passing thunderstorm overhead. I sprang from my bed to make sure all of my equipment was unplugged and THEN remembered how a freak storm wiped out the internet during the 2005 event. I thought outloud about it happening again, and then went back to sleep.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 1ST

I was grateful on Tuesday morning when I found the (wireless) internet was still functioning. Posting photos and other items online in a timely fashion was an important part of our coverage and I was relieved it wouldn’t be delayed – by technical issues anyway.

Getting up and 9 am was technically “sleeping in” when compared to the remainder of the week. Michelle would be heading off to do a photoshoot with Trina (Pratt) and Todd (Gilles) for part of the day and I would hangout at the hotel until the novice free dance practice started at 3 pm (truth be told, a late morning nap was in my plan).

After Michelle left, I was reminded that plans change quickly. Ann Greenthal called to let me know I could come to the rink at any time to pick up the media credentials and to scope out the area. I was there by 11 and spent the remainder of the time in between my arrival and the novice practice verifying the arena’s wireless access, prepping pages for photo posting, uploading the latest Mombo #9 and watching unofficial practice in the 1980 arena. Teams had purchased blocks of ice time, so I got a pre-official practice preview of some elements and programs from those practicing. Michelle had lent me a camera (she brought three) and I decided to test out my photography skills – to see if I was ready to go to the next level or if I should return to my point-and-shoot and capture opening and closing poses and other “standing still” program highlights. I failed on Tuesday. Of course, my knowledge of camera settings is limited. Ooops.

Volunteers Ben Cohen and Sarah Goldberg dropped by to check in during the practice. Sarah will be editing photos, while Ben planned to cover a few events. Ben also agreed to participate in a “Life Beyond the Blades” feature.

I met up with Michelle, Bonnie (Gilles), Trina, Todd and Piper (Gilles) for dinner after Novice Free Dance practice. We had pizza (surprise – my diet of choice in Lake Placid) at Mike’s which was near our hotel. It’s amazing what a little food will do for your mind and body. I felt re-energized.

Returning briefly to the hotel, Michelle noticed a small woven basket – containing clover – had been left in our room. Mombo had struck and left it with a card saying “we make our own luck”. (Post-event update: The clover basket now sits on my window sill at work, keeping my jade plant company, while they have a clear view of Congress Street in Portland).

It was back to the rink to watch the practices for the open compulsory events. The open compulsory dance competition showcases new teams who were not yet prepared for the full event, in addition to students partnered with coaches in the attempt of catching the eye of a potential partner. It also includes teams who prefer to skate in the open events rather than the full compulsory dance competition at their level. Athletes may be ready for 1-2 dances, but not quite ready to perform the 3rd (which is included in a full CD event). Logan Giulietti-Schmitt and Lynn Kriengkrairut had been together just three weeks, but were able to prepare for the open Starlight Waltz and Midnight Blues. From practice, they looked like a good match. Siblings Katy Hill and Augie Hill were competing (and testing) the Golden Waltz. Vitaliy Novikov seemed to be the busiest coach on the ice, partnering with many of his students in various opens.

Back to the hotel by 11.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2ND

With the intent to cover as much of the event as possible, Michelle and I arrived at the rink early on Wednesday (and most subsequent days). Michelle dispensed lenses and (camera) bodies to the volunteers and held mini training sessions. I’m amazed at how she knew who was shooting which event and with what equipment. I pride myself on being organized, but Michelle definitely had me beat this time. I caught up with Lynn Rutherford (who had agreed to cover the novice free dance events) and Sandra Stevenson from Blades on Ice for a quick chat.

Media at Lake Placid: For the past four years, ice-dance.com has been the primary source of information and photographs from LPIDC. Lynn and Sandra have also been in attendance to write articles, recaps and features for various publications. There is an official event photographer who has computer kiosks available for review of his work, so parents are able to view and purchase event photographs. We serve in a different capacity, as the photos are for editorial use on the ice-dance.com and US Figure Skating websites.

Though no one had approached me with complaints, Michelle was questioned on multiple occasions as to what the photographs would be used for. We sincerely hope that next year there is not a reoccurance. We, and our volunteers, worked tirelessly from Tuesday-Saturday to bring coverage of the event to those who were unable to attend. This included photographs, results posting, reports and much more.
To date, I have received more response from our coverage of the 2006 LPIDC, than any other coverage in the history of ice-dance.com and sincerely appreciate all of the feedback. Keep it coming!
The Great Mombo Mystery: I enjoy catching up with parents, athletes and coaches at Lake Placid. This year, with the emergence of Mombo #9, I was asked “Who is Mombo #9?” repeatedly. Sworn to secrecy, I kept mum. Her (or is it his?) identity remains a secret. Everyone wanted to know and I heard some very amusing, but incorrect guesses. I think the not knowing created a great unsolved mystery of Lake Placid IDC 2006. I had been told by several of Mombo’s fans, that I would be watched during the week to see which mom or dad that I spent the most time with, thinking this might give insight into who our popular blogger is. I think I can safely say it was probably unsuccessful, as I spent a limited amount of time with many people over the span of the week.
At one point prior to the novice free dance event starting, I was talking with several female ice dancers (who are currently without partners) about the lack of available male ice dancers. This developed into one of the more amusing conversations of the week, as I suggested we should contact a genetic scientist about the possibility of harvesting the DNA of some of the top male ice dancers to create clones.

I spent the novice free dance with our “crew” on the judges side, ‘dumping’ Michelle’s photo cards onto my laptop and selecting a photo of each team for ice-dance.com’s page. I then would pass the photos (via jumpdrive) to Danna Thelen our ‘photoshop wizard’. It was during the novice free dance competition that I saw the large green alligator for the first time; thrown onto the ice for the Canadian ice dancers Kharis Ralph and Asher Hill. More on that later.

The Open CD event gave me an opportunity to see the Hickory Hoedown in person. Although it had been skated at previous Lake Placid IDC’s, I had managed to miss it due to conflicting schedules. I was looking forward to it, until I heard the music, and decided that I am not a fan – of anything country. Other members of the group found my dislike of it humorous and inquired as to how I would feel about the theme of next year’s original dance (which is folk/country). I can only hope that folk is the more common choice. Still, visions of the Hickory Hoedown costumes are still fresh in my mind. Some got it right, others did not. On the opposite end of the spectrum, I’ve decided that I love the Silver Samba – music & choreography – although some have compared the music to the theme from the “Love Boat”.
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 3RD

Michelle and I started our day – no matter how early or late – with a morning dose of CNN and hot tea. It helped us stay in touch with the world outside our small Lake Placid bubble that was the 1980 arena. If it was an early day, we were able to get more straight news, whereas a later start might mean more fluff features including Martha Stewart. I also clicked over to ESPN to check out the baseball scores (Go Red Sox!).

 
Thursday is normally ‘free dance day’ although it deviated this year with the novice fd’s being held on Wednesday.

Tim Bennett (aka Mr. Crafty) created a beautiful sign spelling ‘ice-dance.com’ in pastel letters, which we hung over the Ben & Jerry’s cart that had become our home base. Normally Section 20 is where I spend most of my time, although this year the bulk of it was spent in Section 8.

I love watching free dances at the start of the season; they are fresh and raw. It is equally as exciting to see them at a later point (Nationals). Programs seldom look the same as choreography has evolved to maximize difficulty while fighting to preserve artistic storytelling. The coaches in Ann Arbor, Tchesnitchenko & Netchaeva, appear to have somewhat mastered bringing the two together as their teams always have innovative programs that flow from element to element seamlessly. This year, more coaches have moved forward in their understanding of the new judging system and how to implement it best on a team by team basis.
Another part of LPIDC I enjoy is seeing how teams or individual skaters have improved since I had last seen them. If I had covered the event by writing the reports, I would have highlighted this many times in my notes. I’m still hoping to post notes at a later date after reviewing the DVD’s. Each year, it does more difficult to write about teams, especially when I know so many of the parents and kids.
I did want to mention two improved teams that struck me in the junior free dance; Brooke Huber & Karl Edelmann and Lindsay Cohen & Evan Roberts. Huber and Edelmann are showing signs of getting past the new partnership kinks and are moving forward with new confidence; possibly their trip to 2006 Nationals played a part in this. Due to Brooke’s age, they are not able to compete in Junior Grand Prix events, but are scheduled for the NACS event post-Lake Placid. Cohen and Roberts seem to have matured and their choreography this season highlights their strengths. Cohen and Roberts also received an assignment to the NACS event in Burnaby.
During the junior free dance, both Crone & Poirier and Chong & Barnes received large green alligators. I started to wonder if it was the same one or is there a local store that supplies them or if they were trucked in. The mystery was solved as I noticed the large green alligator was handed back to a Canadian parent after the team had collected it and walked off the ice.

In between the groups, I ran into two skaters I didn’t expect to see – Nora Hoffmann & Attila Elek. Hoffmann & Elek were having programs choreographed by Nikolai Morosov, and had come up to watch the free dances. There were more unexpected sightings throughout the week.

After the junior free dance event concluded, I was left with a feeling that though the US team for internationals does not have the experience of some of the past teams that have been assigned to JGP events, the future of US ice dance is very bright. Samuelson and Bates looked well-prepared (and as the only returning US JGP team), appeared ready to lead a young, but capable Team USA. It was very cool to see the attention Evan and Emily got. Whenever they took the ice, people stopped what they were doing to watch. That’s such an incredible compliment and indicates that the audience (people who really know ice dance) has a ton of respect for the new unofficial leaders of US junior dance. Madison Hubbell and Keiffer Hubbell brought emotions out when performing their free dance to music by Josh Groban; it was one of the week’s highlights for those in Section 8. Pilar Bosley & John Corona entertained the audience with their rock-n-roll program. Gilles and McKernan and Wingle and Devereaux all had strong debuts in Junior events showing no signs that they were novice last season. The new team of Oswald and Withrow showed great promise after only partnering for several months. Though they had rough outings in the original and free dances. Rosenthal and Taylor looked strong in the compulsory dances. I really could go on and on about all of the teams.
Kara Lingenfelter, a solo skater looking for a partner, stopped by to volunteer. We sent her on a special assignment called “Kara’s Corner” to take off ice photos of what’s happening around the rink.
 
The senior free dance, reduced to half of the number of teams who competed at least year’s event, was all about getting the first performances out of the way, shaking off the jitters and getting feedback. Though Pratt and Gilles had complications with a lift and footwork in their free dance, the program has immense potential. At times, I wondered if we should have dimmed the lights and had candles or lighters flickering.
 
Slattery and Lee, who had an unexpected exit from the 2006 US Nationals due to injury, returned with a splash at Lake Placid. The team kept last season’s music, “Phantom of the Opera”, but the choreography did not resemble their performance from last year’s event. Kate and CG have had two coaching changes and are currently with Natalia Linichuk and Gennady Karponosov at the University of Delaware.
 
Maxwell and Traxler skated an energetic program to music from the 70’s including “Superstitious” showing vast improvement from last season. MaxTrax have spent time working at other facilities with additional training from Liz Coates and others to improve their skating and performing skills. Mallory and Holdburg performed a lyrical program to “Dark Eyes” which was choreographed by one of their coaches, Marina Klimova. The style was reminiscent of early 90’s Klimova & Ponomarenko programs, which suits Mallory & Holdburg. One of many highlights included choreography to feature Mallory’s flexibility.
 
The Ashburn teams, Miosi & Ponomarev and Copely & Stagniunas, both skated well-choreographed programs. Miosi & Ponomarev enter the senior ranks after a successful season in the junior ranks including two junior grand prix events and a 6th place finish at Nationals. Their energetic program to fast-paced samba music started the event. Though slightly rough around the edges, with more time and run-throughs, the program has a lot of potential. Katie Copely, who competed at the 2005 LPIDC with Patrick Connelly, returns to the event with her new partner, Deividas Stagniunas. Copely and Stagniunas will represent Lithuania and performed an expressive and difficult program to “Kalinka”.
 
The returns: Mimi Whetstone, who last competed at the 2004 LPIDC, returned to competition with Chris Obzansky. Whetstone and Obzansky train in Canton, Michigan, as members of Igor Shpilband’s group. Ikaika Young has returned to competitive skating with a new partner, Emma Cyders.
 
I spent the open events in Section 8 watching while pulling photos. Kara dropped off her photos and then I started adding the day’s photos to the idcom website.

Afterward, while Michelle headed back to the hotel, Laura and I went to Bazzi’s. This was my first visit there this week, which is odd since normally it’s my hangout every post-event evening. It’s amazing how exhausted you are, but then you perk up after having something to eat that isn’t candy, soda or chips. At Bazzi’s, Laura and I ran into Elena Grushina. I haven’t had the chance to see her since before the Olympics, so it was good to catch up. I think Laura enjoyed having dinner with the reigning Olympic bronze medalist. Coincidentally, Michelle reminded me that at her first LPIDC she met Ruslan Goncharov at Bazzi’s, while they were both waiting for their take out orders. You never know who you’ll run into in Lake Placid!

I dropped Laura off and returned to the hotel for additional ‘shopping’, ‘cropping’ and posting.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 4TH

For some reason, I thought the OD’s started later on Friday morning. I was wrong and found I needed to function on approximately 5 hours sleep. Not good, especially for a non-morning person. I am the quintisential non-morning person. Ask anyone who knows me. Ask anyone I work with. After the 45 minute commute to work, I will crawl, half-asleep to the elevator and make my way to my office. I realized that caffeine and adrenaline are your best friends at LPIDC. Not that I didn’t already know that, but let’s just say it was re-enforced. Some drink coffee, but my drink of choice for a caffeinated jolt – is a 20 oz bottle of Coke, and that is how I started my day.

Friday was the first day I actually wore a jacket when I left the hotel. It had finally cooled off enough that I thought – finally the cool weather I’ve been waiting for. Before Friday, some of the skaters had commented that they felt hot even on the ice. The rink felt cooler and much more to my liking. Maine, my home state, had been hot before I left and I gloated at the office telling everyone that I was spending my week off in a nice, cool Lake Placid. Though they all questioned, “How do you know it will be cool?” Smugly, I had answered, “In an ice rink, it’s always cold.” Needless to say, I was pleased on Friday when the rink temperature was finally living up to my expectations.

We arrived at the rink to set up during the novice group b compulsory dance final rounds. Michelle dispensed equipment and checked in with photographers. I headed to the opposite side of the rink to watch OD’s. Via jumpdrive I have additional photos to add to ice-dance.com. On my way, I see Ashley Foy and Benji Blum. Ashley is from Connecticut, but lives and trains in Germany. Ice-dance.com hosts her website (Jen is the designer). I wish them good luck in their upcoming Junior Grand Prix event. You never know who you’ll run into here!

Tango OD’s are great in small-medium doses. For today, the music choices ranged from Astor Piazzolla to more modern selections. Bosley and Corona used one such modern selection. I’m not sure of the exact name of the piece, but it is familiar to me because it’s used on a commercial featuring animals (a giraffe helping a telephone repairman by giving him a wrench). After the junior original dances, I headed back to Section 8 to pull photos and prep them for editing while watching the senior OD’s. Before I leave, I am given a special thank you card from my ‘fan club’. A concerned parent offers to bring me lunch – which I graciously accept. On my way back, I ran into Dianna Deavers. She explained that she was unable to get her photos off her camera and was quickly running out of space on her cards. I told her to stop by and I would try to get them off the camera and onto my laptop and then burned onto a CD. In appreciation, she’d gladly trade one of her extra card readers – a luxury item for us.

I stop to grab Michelle a salted pretzel – her food of choice.

I continued on my way and was stopped by several parents to talk about the NJS (new judging system) and the limits on blade-to-head lifts. Despite the limit on the lifts, there are still a great number of skaters cutting their fingers, hands, hair and heads while pulling their bodies into biellmann positions. This was a recurring topic of discussion over the rest of the week.

I took my place at my station and began dumping photos onto Michelle’s laptop and then using my laptop to update the website. After the group a skaters had finished, she needed a break and asked me to shoot the group b skaters. Remember my first foray into on ice photography? Not so good. I’m hoping for better results this time. I’m nervous and it takes me some time to get used to the equipment – it’s the massive, beastly Canon camera. Wow. I try standing up. I try moving to another seat. Various things that don’t work. Finally, I find a place that I feel comfortable and keep shooting. Michelle tells me that I take too many photos for compulsories. I tell her that I need to warm up.

I get through the Starlight Waltz. My photos are ok. It’s a hard CD to photograph with not many visible highlights. Michelle reviews some of my work and tells me good job. It means a lot coming from her as I consider her to be one of the best and she’s as particular as I am. On to the Samba where I RULE! I had such a great time and I build more confidence when I review my work. Wow, not bad. I laugh when I view a photo of Tomarchio & Sinchak where I managed to shoot just Nick’s head.

Seniors are about to take the ice when Dianna stops by. We successfully transfer all of her photos to my laptop and I then burn them to a CD for her. We chit chat while watching the senior compulsories and I upload more photos.

Bazzi’s x 2! We wrap up everything at 9 and head to Bazzi’s for pizza. Yum! Laura Fawcett joins us (Michelle, Laura and I) and we enjoy pizza and garlic bread with cheese. The Rugby players have arrived in full force, despite news that the event had been postponed. A couple of rowdy locals start making noise. One of them references “We ain’t scared of Big Papi”. I chuckle. Everyone is afraid of Big Papi aka David Ortiz, home run king of the Boston Red Sox. Of course I say nothing. I am a rogue in Yankee country. I drive both Laura’s back to their hotels and on the way back, Michelle gasps as I nearly run over a foursome wearing identical clothes.

By Friday, I’m pretty well mentally and physically spent. I go through a mental checklist and devise a plan for Saturday, hoping to check in with anyone I haven’t yet seen. I put up more photos.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 5TH

Saturday was a partial sleep in day. I was thankful to have the extra rest. Saturday brings the end of the event. In some ways, it seems to have gone by quickly and in others, it seems like we’ve been here for several weeks. The exhaustion sets in and sleep deprivation becomes a factor.

We get to the rink and I help Michelle get set up, check in with the volunteers and head to the otherside of the rink. Laura (volunteer) is heading for home after watching some of the junior compulsory dance finals. She’s going to Italy with her family for two weeks. Danna is at work editing photos and Sarah drops off solo photos from the past few days. Still, I’m unsure how Michelle is keeping track of everything.

I watch the junior compulsory final rounds in Section 22. I’m still impressed by the improvement in so many of the teams and the debuts of the new teams. I stop and chat with friends on my way back to Section 8. My ‘fan club’ brings us lunch from Jack Frost’s – it’s delicious and much appreciated. Michelle continues to shoot the novice compulsory super final while I return to Section 22 and continue to upload edited photos. The novice teams have performed beyond my expectations. On paper, it looked to be highly competitive and on the ice it did not disappoint. I began to wonder what good luck charms the University of Delaware novice teams had brought with them as their teams had quite a successful week. Sara Bailey and Kyle Herring finished first in all of the compulsory dance events and second in their free dance group. In addition to Bailey and Herring’s 1st place, UDel teams finished 2nd (Anastasia Cannuscio and Dean Copely), 3rd (Isabella Cannuscio and Ian Lorello) and 5th (Genevieve Deutch and Alexander Lorello) in the CD superfinal. 6 of the teams competing in the superfinal were new partnerships with Deutch & Lorello and Maia and Alex Shibutani as the only returning teams to qualify. Madison Chock and Greg Zuerlein, Ilana Morse and Justin Morrow and Megan Evans and Nathan Truesdell also qualified.

We gained the assistance of Maia and Alex (Shibutani) after the novice event concluded. They helped us with on and off ice photography, photo editing and costume notes on the competing teams.

At the conclusion of the junior superfinal, I receive a message delivered by Evan (Bates) and Keiffer (Hubbell) that I’m needed by Michelle to shoot the juvenile free dance, so she can complete her off ice shoots with both Ann Arbor teams. I comply and think that photographing the juvenile free dance might be fun.

It was so much fun to shoot this event – comparable to the Silver Samba from Friday. Though I may have taken more photos than necessary, I finally felt at ease with the camera and was able to capture the highlights of the programs. It was fabulous! I am pleased with my progress throughout the week. Of course, it’s helpful to have the best equipment and a good teacher.

Michelle came back in time to take over for the intermediate free dance. I was ready to give up the camera. Though exciting, it’s hard work and I have even more of an appreciation for those behind the lens than I had before. She reviewed the photos from the shoot she had just completed with the kids and parents while I finished downloading my juvenile free dance shots. I was pleased. I was ecstatic. It was a great accomplishment as there were many usable photos.

The intermediate free dance finished up, and Michelle went off in search of quotes while my mission was to shoot the awards ceremonies. I was surprised as Mombo delivered a bag of gummy bears and a rice crispy treat for the road.

We met up at Section 8 and began packing up the equipment for the final time. I double checked in between the seat rows to make sure we hadn’t lost any memory cards, jump drives or peripherals. I detached our pastel sign from the wall and we left the arena for the last time. We said goodbye to our much appreciated volunteers. As we walked out, arena personnel began cleaning up and across the rink I noticed a few family members reviewing photos at the kiosk. As we headed to the elevator, we passed the folded registration tables and totes containing information from the week’s events. A few parents and athletes were walking out behind us. We’re all stragglers, possibly trying to hold on to the final bits of Lake Placid magic before we begin our journeys home.

We’re starved. I order a pizza for delivery from a local store while I pack and Michelle reviews more photos. The pizza arrives. Edible, but not the best. Not Bazzi’s. At this point, we don’t care as we’re hungry. I am packed and Michelle and I take turns showing each other photographs that we had taken during the day.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 6TH

It’s over… and now the 6 hour journey home begins. Michelle and I depart from Art Devlin’s at the same time.

 

I often use the ride home as a sort of deprogramming from the week. I compare it to defragmenting my hard drive. There is a lot to process from the week and and trying to combine all the ‘fragments’ and creating a mental ‘to do’ list is a priority. It normally will take me several weeks to catch up (posting the remaining photos, reports, and other items) before I can begin to work on any new projects. The event as a whole lived up to my expectations – it always does. It showcased wonderful performances of programs (and some partnerships) in their infancy.

The audience at Lake Placid is always supportive of all the teams – no matter where they are from. Of course, it’s easy to differentiate the sections – for example, University of Delaware, Ann Arbor FSC, SCOB, Detroit/Canton and Canadian parents to name a few – but at the end of each performance, each section showed support for the teams; a unified applause. I think it is because each parent knows the amount of time, training, money and effort involved in getting to this point in the season and can appreciate each others sacrifice; and it’s only August.

 
I manage to make excellent time until I reach Vermont. I decide that following the map is a better idea than reversing my mapquest directions. Bad idea. I end up making a complete loop from Middlebury back to the border of New York. Finally, I reach Middlebury for the second time and head east following my directions.
 
When I reach home, I’m really too tired to sleep – if that makes sense. I start to catch up on the piles of mail on my table and catch up on the tv programs I missed the previous week.
Back to my daily life – but first…  Thanks… Merci… Grazie… Danke!
 
We hope that you enjoyed our coverage of the 2006 Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you. We also hope that while viewing our coverage, you felt as though you were a part of the event. If you felt this way, we were successful.
 
We would like to thank Ann Greenthal and the organizers of Lake Placid IDC for allowing us to be a part of the event for the 4th consecutive year.
 
ice-dance.com’s coverage would not have been possible without the dilligent efforts of our volunteers:

Danna Thelen, who ‘shopped’ many of the photographs you see in the galleries. Danna spent most of her days with us in Section 8 helping with the photo downloads and editing.

Darlene Bennett, assistant
Tim Bennett, photographer
Ben Cohen, writer
Jordan Cowan, photo editor
Dee Eggert, photographer
Laura Flagg, writer
Sarah Goldburg, photo editor
Angie Goldman, photographer
Brenda Lauten, photographer
Kara Lingenfelter, special assignment photographer
Lynn Rutherford, writer
Alex Shibutani, special assignment photographer/assistant
Maia Shibutani, photographer/assistant

And finally, special thanks to those who submitted postcards (you can still submit them), our fan club for their support, and of course, Mombo #9. We could not have covered this event without all of your hard work! It was very much appreciated.

 
Daphne