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Ice dancing tradition continues in Lake Placid

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

LAKE PLACID - Lake Placid has a rich history in ice dancing. Over the years, it has hosted many ice dance events, including the first Ice Dance Conference in 1935, the first US Summer Figure and Dance Tests in 1943 and the famous Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships, which has been hosted by the Skating Club of Lake Placid since the 1930s.

Hosted by the Olympic Regional Development Authority and sanctioned by the Skating Club of Lake Placid, this year's Championships July 24-27 celebrated over 80 years of annual competition in the Olympic Center. Nearly 300 skaters from six different countries - Austria, Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, Hungary and the United States - were scheduled to compete between the Championships and International.

Ice dance is perhaps best described as "Dancing with the Stars" on blades, and participants learn to skate such dance styles as waltzes, tangos and polkas, either with a partner or without.

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Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter perform during the Senior International event last week at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid.
Provided photo — Daphne Backman,

The Championships included multiple events of every level, including Open pattern dances, in which skaters perform their choice of the standard pattern dances that are the backbone of ice dance; Solo Dance events, where participants can skate compulsory, free dance or combined programs without a partner; and the standard partnered events. The solo pattern dance event, combined event and shadow dance event were offered as part of the U.S. Figure Skating Solo Dance Series.

During the same time, the fourth annual Ice Dance International also took place from July 24-27. The International is an ISU Minimum Technical Score event, which requires participants to have achieved the applicable minimum technical score in an ISU recognized International competition during the ongoing or immediately preceding season. These requirements make for excellent ice dancing and provide the athletes a chance to compete against other International competitors early in the season before qualifying events.

In the Senior International event, Americans Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter won their second consecutive Ice Dance International title with a score of 185.12, while Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons placed second with a 164.74 score, and the bronze was earned by Haley Sales and Nikolas Wamsteeker of Canada with 138.01 points.

As it has been since the beginning, Lake Placid continues to be a launching pad for future figure skating champions. From here, International skaters will compete in various International events, some aiming for medals at their respective national championships. Some may even represent their country in the Olympic Games or World Championships.

The next figure skating event featuring elite skaters is the well-known Lake Placid Saturday Night Ice Show, starring 2018 U.S. national silver medalist Ross Miner, on Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the 1932 arena. For more information on Lake Placid Skating, including the ice shows and competitions, visit their website at



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