LAKE PLACID - The first show of the 2013 Lake Placid Saturday Night Ice Show series kicked off July 6.
Nearly 40 skaters of varying ages and abilities entertained the crowd in the historic 1932 Jack Shea Arena, all of whom were here training at the Lake Placid Summer Figure Skating Camp.
The highlights of the show were the two dazzling performances by the guest skater, U.S. bronze medalist and World Junior silver medalist Agnes Zawadzki.
Photo by Christie Sausa
Agnes Zawadzki of Colorado Springs, Colo. poses for a picture after performing in the Lake Placid Saturday Night Ice Show.
Zawadzki was a guest skater last year in the Saturday Night Ice Show, and was happy to be back in Lake Placid.
"It's such a cute community. Everyone's so nice, and it's a beautiful place," she said. "Lake Placid reminds me of Colorado, so it feels like home."
Zawadzki's home training center is the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo. The World Arena has been a training center of choice for aspiring champions, and has hosted well-known skaters such as Peggy Fleming, Rachel Flatt and Ryan Bradley. Currently, the Arena is known for its current crop of elite skaters, including 2012 US National champions Caydee Denney and John Coughlin and 2013 World Junior men's champion Joshua Ferris.
Training with Christy Krall and taking occasional lessons from Becky Bradley and Eric Scholtz, Zawadzki is certainly in excellent company at the World Arena.
During the past few years, Zawadzki has been earning impressive titles. She was the 2010 US Junior champion, a two-time World Junior medalist and, most recently, the US National bronze medalist for the second time. She also placed third in the 2012 National Championships. The past season has been a good one also after she placed third at her first grand prix event, the 2012 Rostelecom Cup in Russia.
"I think it was really good, it was definitely a step in the right direction," Zawadzki said. "I still feel like I have a lot of room for improvement, definitely my long program is the thing that we're focusing on this season. I'm just kind of building off of that season and trying to get consistent for this season."
When Zawadzki isn't skating, she enjoys yoga, cooking and hiking. There isn't much time for that though because, like other elite skaters, most of Zawadzki's time is dedicated to training. Her day starts with a trip to the gym, followed by skating for three to four sessions. Next she might take a dance class or do cardio. Her day ends with cooking dinner, prepping food for the next day and then much-needed sleep. The next day, it starts all over again.
Being an elite athlete is very time consuming and requires absolute dedication. It seems that Zawadzki wouldn't have it any other way, though, and plans on working even harder this year.
"I want to improve my consistency, and have two solid programs each competition, so at the end of the season I can say I was a solid skater and was resilient," she said.
Of course, she wouldn't mind being on the Olympic team either.
"It would be a dream come true to represent the United States at the Olympics in Sochi, Russia," Zawadzki said. "I can't wait to see what this year brings."
Next week, the Saturday Night Ice Show will feature the 2012 Skate America Silver Medalist and up and coming skater Christina Gao. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. in the 1932 Jack Shea Arena. For more information, go to www.whiteface.com/activities/saturday-night-ice-shows.
This is the first installment of the "Meet the Skaters" series that will highlight the guest skater from the Saturday Night Ice Shows throughout the summer. This year's Saturday Night Ice Show dates will be July 13 and 20 and Aug. 10, 17 and 24.