Congratulations to club members Christine Mozer and Maia Shibutani who were among ten of U.S. Figure Skating's brightest and most talented athletes who shine both on the ice and in the classroom comprise the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Scholastic Honors Team.The program was created to recognize high school athletes who excel in academic pursuits, in community involvement and in the sport of figure skating.
Christine Mozer will graduate in the top 10 percent of her class this spring from the Professional Children's School in New York. A National Merit Commended Scholar and a College Board AP Scholar, she has made the academic high honor roll every semester. During her junior year, Mozer won the Dani Brenner "Dare to Dream" award for excellence in expository writing. Representing the Skating Club of New York, Mozer finished 12th in the junior ladies division at the 2011 Eastern Sectional Championships and first at the 2011 North Atlantic Regional Championships. In 2010, Mozer was the executive co-producer of "CitySkate," a U.S. Figure Skating-sanctioned exhibition that raised more than $15,000 to benefit Brooklyn Ice, a free after-school program dedicated to making skating possible for kids living in Brooklyn's Prospect Park area. The event was covered in a five-page spread in SKATING magazine and an exhibit at the National Library Museum in Philadelphia. Mozer has appeared in figure skating shows for various charities, including "Blades Against Aids - Save the Children Benefit" and "Skate for the Cure" benefiting juvenile diabetes. She is a recipient of the TD Bank Young Heroes Award and the Presidential Bronze Award for community service.
Maia Shibutani is a junior at Huron High School in Ann Arbor, Mich., where she is a straight-A honors student and has served as a Student Council representative. She has collected donations to support both the Ronald McDonald House of Ann Arbor and Ele's Place, a healing center for grieving children. Maia, who represents the Skating Club of New York, won the gold medal in the junior ice dancing at the 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships. She and her partner (and brother), Alex, placed fourth at the 2010 World Junior Figure Skating Championships and won the bronze medal at the 2009 ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. Maia has performed in "An Evening with Champions," a benefit show for The Jimmy Fund at Harvard University to support the fight against cancer, and serves on the U.S. Figure Skating Dance Committee. This season in their senior debut, Maia and Alex won bronze medals at both the NHK Trophy and Skate America.
Good luck to all of our competitors Nationals!
Felicia Zhang & Taylor Toth
Chloe Katz & Joseph Lynch
Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani
Danielle Gamelin & Alexander Gamelin
By Lauren Magliola, special to icenetwork.com
(01/10/2011) - The top junior synchronized teams in the country headed to Fond du Lac, Wis., Jan. 7-8 for the World Junior Team Selection Competition. The top two finishers -- the Skyliners and Team Braemar -- will represent the United States March 10-12 at the Junior World Challenge Cup 2011 in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
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The SCNY synchronized skating teams had another fabulous weekend on January 7-9 at the Junior World Qualifier in Fond du Lac, WI, and at Colonial Classic 2011, Lowell, MA.
JUNIOR WORLD TEAM SELECTION
The Skyliners Junior won the Junior World Qualifier and will represent the United States as Team USA 1 at the Junior World Challenge Cup 2011 to be held on March 10-12 in Neuchatel, Switzerland. Based on the results in Fond du Lac below, Team Braemar will go to Junior Worlds as Team USA 2 along with Skyliners:
1. Skyliners 176.94
2. Team Braemar 157.42
3. Lexettes 143.99
4. Chicago Jazz 139.71
5. Miami University 125.77
6. Team Image 122.04
7. Evolution 122.03
8. Team Excel 111.26
9. Hockettes 108.87
10 Synchroettes 96.10
Also, the U.S. Figure Skating invited the Skyliners to perform at the exhibition to be held at the end of the U.S. Championship in Greenboro, NC, at the end of January. This is the first time that a junior team will have the honor of performing an exhibition at the U.S. Figure Skating Championship.
Both Skyliners and Gotham City Synchro had great success at Colonials, as follows:
SKYLINERS (Novice): Silver
SKYLINERS (Intermediate): Bronze
SKYLINERS (Juvenile): Silver
GOTHAM CITY SYNCHRO (Open Adult A): Gold
by Kenny Moir, Executive Director of Figure Skating, Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers
Friday night's Holiday on the Hudson was, without a doubt, our best show ever. We watched terrific performances all night long and had an almost capacity crowd!
The performance by Felicia Zhang and Sky Rink's own Lloyd Ting were a highlight of the evening. But, it was the Skyliners, our Skating Club of New York synchro team, which brought down the house. Overall,it was a fantastic night. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this wonderful night.
, courtesy of Lynn Rutherford for icenetwork.com. Skyliners image courtesy of The Skyliners.
SCNY is proud to have 3 Syncho teams, The Skyliners, Gotham City Synchro and Central Park Ice representing the Club. All of our teams are off to a good start for the season and we wish them all continued success!
This is the first year that all of the Skyliners qualifying lines (Junior, Novice, Intermediate, and Juvenile) represent the Skating Club of New York. The Skyliners’ first competitions this season have been very successful:
Dec. 4-5: 15th Annual Dr. Richard Porter Classic, Ann Arbor , Michigan
• Junior: Silver, earning the highest marks for the long program
• Novice: Pewter
• Intermediate: Gold
Dec. 5: 11th Annual Terry Conners Synchronized Skating Open, Stamford , Connecticut
• Juvenile: Silver
Dec. 10-11: 16th Annual Cape Cod Synchronized Skating Classic
• Junior Short: Gold
• Junior Long: Gold
• Novice: Silver
• Intermediate: Gold
• Juvenile: Gold
Gotham City Synchro
This is the 5th year this Open Adult team competes for the Skating Club of New York, and Gotham City Synchro won gold in the Terry Conners Open.
Central Park Ice
Having competed in the pre-juvenile in the past several years, Central Park Ice successfully moved up to Open Juvenile this year and won the Pewter medal in the Terry Conners Open.
More competitions are coming in the new year! Good Luck to all teams!