An online, artistic skating competition and fundraising event in partnership with the Figure Skating Diversity & Inclusion Alliance (FSDIA)
|The Challenge Announcement|
The Virtual Artistic Challenge is an online, artistic, livestream skating competition open to skaters – or groups of skaters – of all ages, backgrounds, and levels.
“Celebrity Judges” including Mirai Nagasu, Vanessa James, Jeremy Abbott, Rachael Flatt, Mae Maite, Mariyah Gerber, and more – will select 3 awards from the performances in each age group and send a feedback video for the recipients to view.
The 3 awards for each age group will be: “The Creative Genius,” “The Dazzling Entertainer,” and “The Complete Skater.”
Age Categories: 5-8, 9-12, 13-17, and 18+.
All artistic showcase video submissions are due by Friday, March 12, and the livestream of this event will be on Saturday & Sunday, March 27-28, 2021.
During the livestream of the event, an active fundraiser for the Figure Skating Diversity & Inclusion Alliance will be available. All donations during the livestream – as well as a portion of our event’s sponsorship donations – will go directly to supporting this international, non-profit organization working to increase diversity in figure skating.
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Clubmate Livvy Shilling reports that life inside the bubble is terrific and not too different from a typical nationals, except that they’ve had no day excursions, Covid precautions abound, and clever cardboard cutouts line the arena. But, she is pleased to share (maybe brag?) that compared to the typical Michigan winter surrounding her training rink in Novi, Michigan, the 70-degree Las Vegas weather is uplifting.
According to Livvy and her ice dance partner Alexander Petrov, “U.S. Figure Skating rose to the challenge to create a safe, yet fun and exciting competition for the athletes. We have plenty of time to manage our schedule and the in-house living conditions have been wonderfully accommodating.” Yes, all the usual excitement and hype is there, but “we’re just exceptionally Covid-aware.”
One tip Livvy & Alexander offer to USFS: keep the pets in the audience, but next year bring the real ones!
Want In On The Action?
Join Kiss & Cry Live
This year, U.S. Figure Skating is introducing a video wall in the Kiss & Cry. The live component of this wall allows fans, family, and friends to be part of the live in-arena show by watching the performances ‘live’ from the video wall and interacting with the athletes after their performance. The interaction will be video only (no audio).
Here are the direct Family & Friends Zoom links for Livvy & Alexander’s events:
Rhythm Dance (Friday, Jan 15 at 4pm EST on NBCSN): https://usfigureskating-org.zoom.us/j/96544085404?pwd=TWw1UmNtRC9KckhvUk1iSkJ3QW9mQT09
Free Dance (Saturday, Jan 16 at 9pm EST on NBCSN): https://usfigureskating-org.zoom.us/j/97352631944?pwd=dWtSMjlpLzR4cmdvWVlzcGxna3Budz09
FOR ALL FRIENDS & FAMILY MEMBERS: SIGN ON WITH THE NAME OF YOUR ATHLETE SO USFS CAN ENSURE THAT IT HAS THE CORRECT PEOPLE ON THE WALL DURING RIGHT SKATERS.
Example: Brian Boitano – Kevin Leonardo (Friend)
“See” you in Vegas, baby!!!
WHERE TO WATCH
Thurs., Jan. 14 | Pairs Short | 6 – 8 p.m. | NBCSN (Live)
Thurs., Jan. 14 | Ladies Short | 10 p.m. – Midnight | NBCSN (Live)
Fri., Jan. 15 | Rhythm Dance | 4 – 6 p.m. | NBCSN (Live)
Fri., Jan. 15 | Ladies Free | 8 – 11 p.m. | NBC (Live)
Sat., Jan. 16 | Men’s Short | 4 – 6 p.m. | NBC (Live)**
Sat., Jan. 16 | Free Dance / Pairs Free | 9 p.m. – Midnight | NBCSN (Live)
Sun, Jan. 17 | Men’s Free | 3:30 – 6 p.m. | NBC (Live)**
Sun., Jan. 24 | Free Dance | 5 – 6 p.m. | NBC
Sun., Jan. 31 | U.S. Championships – Best Of | 12 – 2 p.m. | NBC
Sun, Feb. 14 | U.S. Championships Skating Spectacular | 1 – 3 p.m. | NBC
More coverage, including Junior events a practice cam, on the Peacock Premium App
Thurs., Jan. 14 | Pairs Short Program | 5:58 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 14 | Ladies Short Program | 9:20 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 15 | Rhythm Dance | 3:58 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 15 | Ladies Free Skate | 7:58 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 16 | Men’s Short Program | 3:17 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 16 | Free Dance (First Group) | 7:31 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 16 | Pairs Free Skate | 8:20 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 16 | Free Dance (Final Group) | 10:31 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 17 | Men’s Free Skate | 2:59 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 20 | Pairs Short Program | 3:55 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 20 | Ladies Short Program | 6 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 20 | Rhythm Dance | 7:59 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 20 | Men’s Short Program | 10 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 21 | Pairs Free Skate | 3:55 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 21 | Ladies Free Skate | 6 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 21 | Free Dance | 7:59 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 21 | Men’s Free Skate | 9:56 p.m.
All official practices (beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 13) and warm-ups will be available on the Practice Cam on Peacock Premium. Check out the full schedule here.
Want to be part of the broadcast?
Use the Twitter Hashtag #ToyotaUSChamps21, and tune in for Zoom opportunities for viewers.
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Selected Tweets will flash across the screen throughout the broadcast. Be sure to tag your tweet #ToyotaUSChamps21 to get in the broadcast pool.
Kiss and Cry Live (New for 2021)
For the upcoming U.S. Championships, USFS will incorporate a video wall into the overall design of the Kiss and Cry (Kiss and Cry Live). The live component of this wall will allow fans, family, and friends to be part of the live in-arena show by watching the performances ‘live’ from the video wall and interacting with the athletes after their performance. The interaction will be solely from a video (not audio) standpoint, but we still feel will have a tremendous impact on the athletes especially with no fans in the stands and more importantly, no family or friends.
The plan is to have friends and family in the middle of the screen with fans surrounding the family/friends during a performance. Here’s what the Live Kiss & Cry background will look like.
Columbus FSC hosted a successful and safe test session on Saturday, November 8th in Newark, Ohio.
So many Thank Yous!
First, thank you to the judges, coaches, skaters, and their families who traveled to Newark for the club’s first test session in nine months – and our first test session not held at OSU since ????? (anyone know this trivia?).
Deep gratitude also goes out to our Newark families. Their generous volunteer efforts made the test session smooth and covid-safe for all in attendance. Andy Schall, Dan Housman, and Suki Christy played music. Chrissy Schall, Kim Geiger, and Ailene Nash helped with registration/health screening. Ella Schall, Charlet Geiger, Rosie Christy, Kaitlyn Nash, and Hannah Housman were fantastic runners. Many, many, many thanks to Kristan Hausman for coordinating all the volunteers. And a final thank you goes to Lindsay Kidwell for her creative and wonderful hospitality for the judges.
The club is pleased announce that 46/53 tests were passed at the Newark session and is thrilled to congratulate our two new Gold Medalists.
Nekoe Baumgartner passed her Senior FreeSkate at the Newark Test Session.
Hannah Faulkner passed her Senior Moves In The Field at South Dayton FSC’s test session on November 15th.
Although their senior year experiences may not look or feel anything like they imagined, the 2020 Columbus FSC graduating class is finishing strong.
Our Junior Rep, Celine, is creating a spotlight feature about the club’s seniors class members. Click the Instagram icon to view Celine’s clever, thoughtful posts about our graduation class.
On behalf of the Columbus FSC, we wish you good luck and the best of everything.
Join us Tuesday, March 3rd at Easton Chiller in the Party Room from 5:45pm to 7:45pm!
Looking for Treasures? Skate Swaps are a terrific place to find previously loved skating apparel and equipment priced much below new items. If you have a skater entered in the April 26th Chiller Spring Competition, this skate swap is a great opportunity to check out available competition dresses and practice wear. Plus, you’ll likely find some high end dresses and skates for sale, too. Skaters looking at dresses and other apparel may try them on.
Have Items to Sell?
– There is no charge for putting items in the sale.
– Mark each items with a price tag that includes your name or initials.
– Write down all the items you are selling on a sheet of paper and put it in an envelope. (If only a few items, write them on the envelope.)
– Write your name and contact number on the outside of the envelope.
– Sellers are responsible for bringing their items to the sale and picking them up promptly at 7:45pm.
This skate swap is generously organized by Columbus FSC Pro Rep, Jennifer Tieche with assistance from CFSC Secretary, Michele Stelzer, and Skate It Forward.
A Skate It Forward bake sale going will be going on at the same time as the skate swap. Yum!
Long-time club member, Mary Hiser, was recognized in the January 2020 issue of Skating Magazine for receiving her 25 year pin for judging at the Governing Council of USFS last May.
Mary started skating as an adult at 29, passing preliminary figure, preliminary free skate, adult bronze free skate, and bronze dance tests. She credits her interest in judging to Bob and Marcia Ouellette, who encouraged her to start trial judging and have supported her through the years.
Mary is a National Singles and Pairs Judge (achieved in 2010) and a National Showcase Judge (2012). She is also a Gold Free Skate/MIF test judge and a Silver Dance test judge.
Her favorite judging experiences to date are judging at the 2016 U.S. Championships in St. Paul Minnesota and the 2017 Nations Cup International Theatre On Ice competitions. She also competed in the first-ever Adult Championships and went on to compete in three more and serve as an official for four.
She presently serves U.S. Figure Skating as the Vice-Chair, Theatrical Skating, and on the Judges Management Subcommittee. For CFSC, she served as President from 1992-94 and has also been Test Chair, Membership Chair, and Publicity Chair. She has also served as a referee and judge for many CFSC Holiday Season Competitions.
We join USFS in recognizing Mary for her tireless efforts!
When you see Mary at events, please take a moment to thank her for her contributions to CFSC and the entire skating community!
Contents contributed by club member,
Dr. Robert Ouellette
Although not mentioned on television, members of our club should be proud of what we have contributed to the figure skating. Three individuals – Jenni Meno, Tina Lundgren, and Sharon Rogers played important roles in this prestigious event.
Jenni Meno appeared in the “Kiss and Cry” area as the coach for the Gold and Silver medalists in the Championship Pairs event. Jenni started skating with CFSC at the OSU rink and was a Juvenile Lady when her family moved to Cleveland to work with coach Carol Heiss Jenkins, a Gold Medal Olympian. Eventually she started training for pair skating. Her career included many important events with Todd Sand – the 1994 and 1998 Olympics, six World Competitions with two 3rd places and two 2nd places, and five Nationals with two 2nd places and three 1st places.
Tina Lundgren, who judged Championship Mens and Ladies events, was also a former CFSC member for her entire skating career and passed her 8th Figure test and Senior Free Skate test at about age 12 and was one of the youngest in the USA to do so. While in graduate school at OSU, she started to trial judge tests and then competitions, becoming a National Judge. After moving to New York she became an International and World Judge. Her parents worked actively for years for the club as board members. Her mother served as the Hospitality Chair and also Test Chair.
Sharon Rogers, who judged Championship Dance, was an adult member of CFSC. She served on the Board and started trial judging while working for a Ph.D. at OSU. After completing her degree and locating in other areas, she became a National Dance Judge and also a World Dance and International Dance Judge. She judged Ice Dance in the last Olympics.
Few current members know these three individuals. It is important to acknowledge CFSC’s long and significant history in the sport of figure skating. And not surprisingly, Bob Ouellette played an instrumental role in the skating foundation for each of these ladies.
Article details provided by Dr. Robert Ouellette.
Bob is a current club member. As a past president & chair of nearly every operational detail for the club, his contributions are innumerable.
Congratulations to Livvy Shilling and her partner Alexander (Sasha) Petrov, who are traveling to Greensboro, North Carolina this week to compete in the U.S. Figure Skating Championship Ice Dance event.
A former Team USA competitor in Singles, this is Livvy’s first season as a competitive ice dancer. Sasha, a Team USA Ice Dancer, has a long family history of skating. Both his parents skated for the Russian National Team and in ice shows throughout the world. Growing up, Sasha lived in Russia, England, and finally, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where his parents now coach.
Last Spring, Livvy and Sasha had several tryouts together under the guidance of Igor Shpilband. The two partnered in May 2019 and are coached by Igor Shpilband, Pasquale Camerlengo, Adrienne Lende, and Natalia Deller in Novi, Michigan.
One of the biggest challenges they faced this season was Livvy’s newness to the discipline of ice dance – and her rotational direction. (Livvy rotates clockwise and had to figure out out to twizzle and spin counterclockwise, the more common way.) From day one, Sasha was impressed with Livvy’s work ethic. “She knew her weaknesses and worked tirelessly to make them stronger.” He was “pleasantly surprised how well she picked up the nuances of partnering and the techniques of ice dance.”
Fun Fact: Before this season, Livvy’s last (and only) ice dance competition was Skate Detroit, where she and former club member Alex Magnesson competed the Dutch Waltz and Canasta Tango. They were coached by Annette Schaefer.
One thing Livvy finds exhilarating about ice dance is that she gets to focus more on edge work and can create new shapes and lines with her body and blades as she improves skating and performance skills with Sasha. And, she added, “Sasha makes the hard training days better because he is patient and very skilled at making me feel like I know what I am doing.”
In October, Shilling-Petrov were added to the U.S. Figure Skating International Selection Pool, meaning they are now eligible for Team USA assignments. This week at the U.S. Championships, the team’s goal is to score their personal bests in both programs. They are excited to share the story of their programs and their passion for the sport of figure skating with the audience and judges.
Livvy has been a Columbus FSC member since 2004.
Article contributed by Vicki Tieche,
former CFSC Board Member
To learn more about U.S. Championships, visit 2020 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Tune in here to catch all the action:
Thursday, Jan. 23 | Pairs Short Program | 5 – 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Thursday, Jan. 23 | Ladies Short Program | 9 – 11 p.m. (NBCSN)
Friday, Jan. 24 | Rhythm Dance | 5 – 6 p.m. (NBCSN)
Friday, Jan. 24 | Ladies Free Skate | 8 – 11 p.m. (NBC)
Saturday, Jan. 25 | Men’s Short Program | 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. (NBC)
Saturday, Jan. 25 | Free Dance & Pairs Free Skate | 8 – 11 p.m. (NBCSN)
Sunday, Jan. 26 | Men’s Free Skate | 3 – 6 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday, Feb. 2 | Skating Spectacular | 4 – 6 p.m. (NBC)*
The entire competition can be streamed commercial-free, live and on-demand with the Figure Skating Pass on NBC Sports Gold.
*Live unless denoted*
Cecilia earned this distinguished title at the 2020 U.S. Figure Skating Midwestern Sectional Final and U.S. Pairs Final held in in Allen, Texas this past November.
What’s next for the 12-year old attending Jones Middle School in Upper Arlington? She and eleven other juvenile ladies from across the country are bound for the inaugural U.S. Figure Skating High Performance Development Team Camp. They will be joined by other medalists at the Juvenile, Intermediate, and Novice levels in the Mens, Ladies, Pairs, and Ice Dance disciplines. (Read more about the program Here and Here.)
During the first portion of the camp, the athletes attend the 2020 U.S Figure Skating Championships next week in Greensboro, North Carolina. Then, on January 27th, they gather in Charlotte, NC where they attend training sessions with national and international judges and figure skating experts. Their sessions will include skating skills, jumps, spins, and off ice training, as well as clinics on nutrition and mental preparation, all designed to enhance the performance of a competitive athlete.
Get to Know Cecilia
This year was the first year for USFS’s National Qualifying Series (NQS). Tell us a little bit about the NQS and your season? Where did you get your highest score?
The NQS provides skaters the opportunity to earn a bye through their regional competition and go directly to sectionals by placing in the top six in their section. My season has had its ups and downs, as everyone’s does, but overall, it was my most successful season yet! I received my highest score at the 44th Annual Kathy Slack Summer Competition in Troy, Ohio.
What is a typical training day like for you?
A typical training day for me includes about two hours of on-ice practice six days a week and two off-ice conditioning classes a week at Chiller Easton. I also workout at the RPAC at Ohio State University a few times per week. In the spring and fall, I play on a u14 travel soccer team based in Upper Arlington.
What are your favorite subjects?
Some of my favorite subjects are math, science, and my exploratory arts classes.
What part of your program did you love doing?
I really enjoyed doing my spiral sequence because I could engage with the judges and show off my choreography more than any part in my program.
What are you looking forward to taking on next season?
I am looking forward to competing in the Intermediate Ladies category and adding triple jumps to my program.
Best piece of advice anyone has shared with you.
I have a poster in my room that says “Y cuando menos lo esperas todo sale bien” which in English means, “and when you least expect it everything goes well”. I got this on our most recent visit to Argentina, and it reminds me to stay positive.
Favorite non-skating activities.
Some of my favorite non-skating activities include playing soccer, riding my bike, hanging out with friends, playing the piano, and baking with my mom.
Who are your coaches?
My main coaches are Svetlana Khodoekovsky and Kelly Harper. I also work with Alex and Elena Lunin from the Fort Wayne Skating Club in Indiana and have traveled to Wilmington, Delaware and Boston, Massachusetts to train in the past year.
What should we know about you that we could never guess.
I have three passports – one from Argentina, one from Italy, and one from the United States of America.
Any music reveals for next season, yet?
We are planning on West Side Story for the free skate and The Nightmare Before Christmas for the short program.
Who do you admire in skating?
Some of my favorite skaters are Alena Kostornia, Mariah Bell, and Nathan Chen. I really enjoy Alena and Mariah’s gracefulness across the ice and Nathan Chen’s creativity and performance skills!
Favorite skating move(s). Skating moves you’d like to avoid. 🙂
My favorite is whatever the new challenge ahead is. For too long it was the double axel; next was the triple salchow, which I am still working on consistency with. Now, I am working hard on the triple toe which I hope to land soon! My favorite spin is the flying sit spin and the layback spin. I am working on my Junior moves in the field which I hope to test in February.
Thank you, Cecilia, for answering our questions. Good luck to you and your team this upcoming season. Be sure to send us a picture from camp, so we can post it on the CFSC Instagram account.
Article contributed by Vicki Tieche,
former CFSC Board Member