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Lake Placid skaters take show on the road

April 3, 2018
By CHRISTIE SAUSA - Correspondent , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Even though the Lake Placid Olympic Speed Skating Oval's last day was Feb. 25, skaters who trained there went on to compete in other events nationally and internationally before the official end of the speed skating season.

Claire Liew, of Canada, and Alex Brewer, of California, who both trained with the Adirondack Speedskating Club in Lake Placid during the winter season, had several triumphs throughout the season.

Liew skated in all three AmCup race series races, and finished with four new personal best times in the 500, 1,000-, 1,500- and 3,000-meter distances at the last AmCup race March 2-4 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Alex Brewer, right, competes in the mass start event at the University Championships in Minsk, Belarus in March.
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"I was happy with my performance at the last AmCup, it was a good start to where I want to be for next season," Liew said. "I love training in (Lake) Placid, and absolutely planning for sure to be back to train (next season)."

During the summer season, Liew will be inline skating to train for the next speed skating season.

Brewer earned personal best times in the 1,000- and 1,500-meter races at the same event.

Sydney Terpening, who trained on the Lake Placid Oval during the 2016-2017 season, finished this season well. Her accomplishments included bronze medals in AmCup Jr. Ladies 500- and 3,000-meter events; the overall gold medal in the Jr. Ladies 1,500 Amcup series; and winning both the Jr. Ladies B Age Class National Championship in Minnesota and the Jr. Ladies 25k Marathon Championship in Milwaukee.

Another Lake Placid Oval alumni Esther Munoz set new personal best times in the 500- and 1,000-meter races at the AmCup Finale event, also winning the overall bronze medal in the AmCup Sr Ladies 500-meter event and in the AmCup Sprint results.

Lake Placid is hosting the Winter Universiade event, also called the World University Games, the largest university winter multi-sport competition in the world in 2023, so it is perhaps appropriate that Brewer was training in Lake Placid for this year's World University Championships held in Minsk, Belarus March 22-25, and finished fifth in the mass start competition.

"At the University Games, I did not get any personal best (times), however I did come close to all personals and got the top placing on my team in the four years that the United States has done the University Games," said Brewer, who placed fifth in the mass start. "It was great experience and I hope I get to do it again to see all the friends I made and hopefully (make) some new ones as well."

Brewer now plans to focus on his other sport, cycling, taking time from speed skating to focus full time on cycling, but hopes to return to Lake Placid in the future.

Also competing in the University Games event was Fletcher Codd, originally of Niagara Falls, who previously trained at the Lake Placid oval before moving to train at Salt Lake City's Olympic Oval in 2017.

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