In August of 2015, I attended the first ever World Figure Championship and Festival in Lake Placid, New York. To sum things up, the event was “so cool!”
One of the “coolest” memories was that those who participated got to do figures on black ice. Also, some of the greatest people in ice skating history, including Olympic figure skating champion Beatrix Schuba, judged the event.
This time, in 2017, the event is going to be in Vail, Colorado!
I’ve read that Olympic figure skating champion Dorothy Hamill will referee and that the late Olympic figure skating champion John Curry, will be inducted into the World Figure Hall of Fame. Mr. Debonaire, Richard Dwyer, is coming! In addition Olympic champion Barbara Wagner is judging and so is Olympian Tommy Litz. Slavka Kohout, the legendary coach of US figure skating legend, Janet Lynn, also will be judging! (Janet Lynn judged in 2015 and 2016 and will come in the future to judge again, but will be cheering on the Championship.)
One thing I remember about this event in Lake Placid was how very friendly and happy all that participated were. I truly believe that in the “old days of figure skating,” that ice skating competitions and events were fun. The elite figure skaters mixed with the spectators and fans. Everyone learned from one another and the joy of skating was the goal. The same thing happened at the 2015 World Figure Championship and Festival in Lake Placid, so I believe Vail will be just as friendly and fun!
Vail, Colorado is not that far from a major international airport, so I encourage all my skating friends to attend the 2017 World Figure & Fancy Skating Championships and Festival memorable and historical event which will take place from September 28 through October 1, 2017.
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