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Skating Club celebrates successful season

May 3, 2019
By CHRISTIE SAUSA - Correspondent , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - On Sunday, April 28, the Skating Club of Lake Placid celebrated the end of another successful season at their annual banquet, hosted at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Lake Placid.

The event allowed skaters, coaches, family and friends the opportunity to enjoy their accomplishments and socialize. Many local businesses contributed raffle items, which were distributed throughout the evening. Many of the skaters were fortunate to receive skating awards, both from the Skating Club of Lake Placid and from the Olympic Regional Development Authority.

Each year, the Skating Club of Lake Placid chooses scholarship-winning skaters based on recommendations from their coaches and other club personnel, which include several cash awards from the Skating Club exclusively and ice-time awards from ORDA.

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Skating Club of Lake Placid skaters gather at their annual banquet Sunday, April 28.
Provided photo — Christie Sausa

The skaters winning the Skating Club of Lake Placid cash awards included: Elyse Hathaway and Mirella Kandic (Basic Skills Award); Reid Pedu and Kaitlyn Kress (Bridge Class Award); Lauren Whitney (Learn to Compete Class Award); Brenna DeWalt (Synchronized Skating Award); Kathy Lupia and Nancy Cox (Adult Skating Award); Elizabeth Fortune (Pre-Preliminary Pre-Juvenile Level Award); and Megan Quinn, (Juvenile-Senior Level Award).

In cooperation with, and to support the Skating Club of Lake Placid, ORDA also contributes three scholarship awards annually to deserving competitive skaters. These awards are considered great honors and aspirational to those hoping to pursue their skating dreams by training in Lake Placid. Called the Ardelle Sanderson Award, the Nancy Archie Meyer Award and the Robert "Bobby" Preston Award, each prize is named after a notable contributor to figure skating in Lake Placid.

Ardelle Sanderson was a competitive figure skater who trained in Lake Placid with partner Roland Janson. They won the bronze medal in ice dance at the 1937 National Figure Skating Championships, then the bronze in pairs the following year. After her competitive career, she continued to give back to her sport by becoming an esteemed judge, working at the 1964 Winter Olympic Games.

The Ardelle Sanderson award allocates the recipient to a full winter of ice time from ORDA, and this year's recipient was 8-year-old Darya Stoughtenger, who trains in Lake Placid with coaches Tracey Prussack Nicola, Mark Fenzak, Brooke O'Neill and Annmary Bouchard. In addition to skating, Stoughtenger is an accomplished violinist who was invited to play at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto last year and has played in the Children's Group with the Kingston (Ontario) Symphony Orchestra several times. Recent skating accomplishments include a win at the Adirondack Invitational and a bronze medal performance at the Empire State Winter Games in February. This past weekend, she was selected to perform in a group number at a Stars on Ice show in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Nancy Archie Meyer was a native of Buffalo, but became a dedicated steward of Lake Placid's figure skating scene, moving to Lake Placid in 1965 after approximately a decade already serving as a figure skating judge. While in Lake Placid, she continued to judge and give back to her sport in an administrative capacity by serving as a member of the Skating Club of Lake Placid board of directors, and later, the United States Figure Skating Board of Directors.

The award in Meyer's name grants the recipient $500 worth of ORDA ice time during the winter season, and the lucky winner was 11-year-old Brooke Beaney. Skating with coach Amanda Jones, Beaney passed four USFSA skating tests within two years, and is working toward completing the next level of freestyle and moves in the field tests. During the upcoming season, Beaney hopes to perfect backspins and land her axel jump, which the additional ice time will no doubt assist.

Robert "Bobby" Preston was ORDA's Director of Operations who tragically died after a workplace accident at the Olympic Center in 1997. Born and raised in Lake Placid, he was only 36 years old when he passed away, leaving behind a wife, daughter and soon-to-be-son. His death is remembered as one of Lake Placid's greatest tragedies.

The scholarship in his name affords the recipient a full summer of ice time, taking advantage of the excellent Olympic Center that Preston loved so much. This year's winner was 9-year-old Kalina Sarandeva. Coached primarily by Tracy Prussack Nicola, Sarandeva won a gold medal at the Empire State Winter Games this winter, is landing all of her double jumps and is working on landing her double axel, impressive considering her age and how quickly she has progressed through the elements. She skates alongside her sister, Dominica. The summer ice will no doubt help her continue to excel and achieve her goals.

For more information on the Skating Club of Lake Placid, including membership options and future skating program information, visit their website at or their Facebook page.



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