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Iced up and ready for the summer season

June 19, 2018
By CHRISTIE SAUSA - Correspondent , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - There's new ice back on the rinks at the Olympic Center, and Lake Placid is ready to begin a new summer skating season on June 21 with world-class performers, exciting competitions and top-notch development programs for both youngsters and young-at-heart adults.

Lake Placid has been a summer figure skating destination since 1932, when a summer program was suggested by elite coach Gus Lussi and other skating professionals to Olympic Center management to use the venue post-Olympics. At the time, it was one of the only summer programs in the country, and despite the increased prevalence of summer skating, Lake Placid continues to be one of the most revered and well-attended summer figure skating camps.

With two adult skating opportunities (a week and a weekend with programming dedicated to adult skaters), two long-running figure skating competitions, five Saturday Night Ice Shows and several Freaky Friday fun skating competition shows, along with abundant training ice and a roster of elite coaches, Lake Placid is still considered a skating mecca.

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Ryan Bradley performs at the Saturday Night Ice Show last August at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid.
(Provided photo — Christie Sausa)

The adult skating weekend kicks off the summer program June 21-24, attracting adult (over age 21) skaters from as far away as Australia and the UK, and includes group lessons and ice dedicated to adults. The adult week, Aug. 19-25, provides more time for adult skaters to perfect their skills, and includes an adult skating exhibition at the end of the week.

The season begins in earnest June 28 to July 1 with the Lake Placid Summer Figure Skating Championships, which boasts nearly 500 skaters. One of the most prestigious events in ice dancing, the Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships July 24-27, rounds out the summer competition season in Lake Placid, bringing hundreds of ice dancers from beginners to elite world contenders to the Olympic Center. Visitors can watch these competitions live, with very affordable tickets at the door.

The Saturday Night Ice Show series in the historic 1932 rink provides another opportunity to observe developmental and elite skaters in action. The shows will feature 2018 Four Continents silver medalists Ashley Cain and Tim LeDuc on July 7; 2018 World silver medalists, national champions and Olympians Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue on July 14; 2018 U.S. national silver medalist Ross Miner on Aug. 4; international medalist Andrew Torgashev on Aug. 11; and 2011 U.S. national champion Ryan Bradley on Aug. 18. They will skate alongside skaters training in the Lake Placid Summer Skating program, and autograph opportunities are typically available after the show. The shows start at 7:30 p.m., with admission available at the door.

Summer program skaters also practice their performance skills during Freaky Friday, a contest that allows them to create, often by themselves, unique programs while being judged only on entertainment value. Those who win their individual Freaky Friday then qualify for the Freaky Friday Final at the end of summer, at which point the winner is crowned Freaky Friday champion.

Freaky Friday takes place in the 1932 rink, July 6, 13 and 20 and Aug. 3, 10 and 17 at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The summer camp continues over six weeks and provides registered skaters with abundant ice time and the ability to take lessons from various highly qualified coaches from throughout the U.S., usually during select program weeks, but in some cases throughout the entire summer season. These coaches include Olympic and World choreographer Scott Brown, Olympic and World competitor Karen Courtland Kelly, 2018 Four Continents champions Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker, World and Olympic Master-rated coach Evelyn Kramer, Olympic silver medalist Paul Wylie and many more.

For more information on the Lake Placid Summer Figure Skating program, visit their website at



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