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Denney, Coughlin transcend competitions

July 19, 2017
By CHRISTIE SAUSA - Correspondent , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Caydee Denney and John Coughlin have made skating a career in the performance realm and in other areas of the sport as well.

While in Lake Placid for the Saturday Night Ice Show on July 15, the 2012 U.S. national champions, taught a skating seminar to summer figure skating camp participants, which included a skater from Sweden.

Denney and Coughlin, who won the 2012 US National Championships and were chosen as alternates for the 2014 Olympics, performed two show numbers that showcased their acrobatic pairs skills and mature musicality, skating to One Republic's "Let's Hurt Tonight" and Leona Lewis' "Footprints in the Sand."

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Caydee Denney and John Coughlin conclude one of their Saturday Night Ice Show performances July 15 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid.
Photo — Christie Sausa

The pair performed the latter program in the Skate For Hope show June 17 in Wesley Chapel, Florida, a skating event that benefited cancer research, awareness and health education programs.

Making the Florida event especially poignant was the presence of Lucy Barrett, wife of 2010 Olympian and US national champion Jeremy Barrett, a close friend of the pair who was diagnosed with leukemia in April. In addition, another show to benefit the Barretts was organized by elite skating coach Audrey Weisiger and 2011 US champion Ryan Bradley.

Barrett's diagnosis sent shockwaves through the skating community, and was especially important for Denney and Coughlin to perform in the June 17 show, due to their connections with both.

"We had already signed on to do the show, and when we heard that Lucy was sick, it seemed really appropriate to do a program in honor of them, especially since Lucy and I used to skate together, and Caydee and Jeremy went to the Olympics (and won nationals) together," Coughlin said. "It was incredible that we were able to have that moment, and extra special for us that she was able to be in the audience for the show. Since there was a certain point they weren't sure that she would be able to, it made it really nice for us to see Jeremy and Lucy sitting there."

Last year, Denney and Coughlin were involved in several ice shows, including a summer series in Sun Valley, Idaho, along with promoting the US National Championships in Coughlin's hometown of Kansas City, Kansas.

"We had a good time being in Sun Valley for the summer, and as soon as that was over, we kind of got focused towards helping promote the nationals in Kansas City," Coughlin said. "It was a big honor for us to skate in both the opening ceremonies and in the exhibition (at the national championships). To be able to kind of skate in front of the hometown crowd was special for me, and I was thankful that Caydee did that with me."

Coughlin also served as a commentator, a public speaker for the sports commission and Visit Kansas City to promote the event and helped the blade company MK/John Wilson as a representative.

Denney and Coughlin expect their schedules to stay full this year.

"Right now, we're holding out hope that Nancy Kerrigan will bring back the 'Halloween on Ice' tour," Coughlin said. "Caydee will be supporting her sister Haven (and partner Brandon Frazier), they are the reigning US champions, and it was pretty special to watch her pull that off after the problem with her knee."

With an Olympic year looming, Denney and Coughlin expect to be at Skate America Nov. 24-26 in Lake Placid, which is an elite Grand Prix event that was last hosted here in 2009.

"I would assume that I will be here in some capacity," Coughlin said. "Haven and Brandon will be here competing, so Caydee will probably be there to support them."

The Saturday Night Ice Shows will resume Aug. 5. For more information on the Lake Placid Summer Figure Skating program, visit www.lakeplacidskating.com.

 
 

 

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