LAKE?PLACID - Honored at the competition that began the year of their birth, Joan and Jack Devitt awarded the Joan and Jack Devitt Novice Dance Trophy to novice dance champions Christina Carreira and Simon-Pierre Malette-Pacquette at the 2012 Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships.
The competition celebrated its 80th anniversary this year, and the Devitt trophy was one of the three new trophies introduced by the Skating Club of Lake Placid.
The Devitts have served the Skating Club of Lake Placid for almost 45 years as coaches, ice show producers, choreographers and avid volunteers.
Christina Carreira and Simon-Pierre Malette-Pacquette pose with Joan and Jack Devitt Novice Dance Trophy after being awarded the novice dance trophy in the Olympic Center.
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Coming back to Lake Placid to coach in 1969, they produced and taught many elite skaters who attended national and international competitions. They were also the co-chairs of the first seminars for United States Figure Skating Association and Professional Skaters Association.
Both Devitts still skate. Jack coaches year-round while Joan skates occasionally on local adult ice.
Jack is a silversmith by trade who makes silver and gold skating jewelry. His collection is available for purchase at Lake Placid Skate Shop. Also a master skate sharpener, Jack sharpens skates in the Olympic Center and teaches group lessons during the Lake Placid Summer Skating program.
Recently the Devitts were inducted into the "Skating 80s" club. The club, formed by Skating Club of Lake Placid member Barbara Kelly, requires that members are are 80 years old or older.
In September, the Devitts will be inducted into the prestigious Lake Placid Hall of Fame, which includes over 100 inductees who made significant contributions to the Olympic region.
A more in-depth story will follow the Hall of Fame induction of Joan and Jack Devitt.