Aspen skaters shine
Aspen Skating Club members continued their winning ways in recent weeks, notching some top performances at prestigious competitions throughout the state.
The Colorado Springs Invitational saw two Aspen competitors come away with a total of three medals in the Basic Skills category. Five-year-old Aspen Elementary School skater Aasta Shechter made the podium with a bronze medal in Basic Skills Level A compulsory moves.
Aspen Middle School student Samantha Thomas-Nadler brought home a gold medal in her Basic Skills Level E compulsory moves competition. She followed that with a silver in solo ice dance.
Denver’s Autumn Classic showcased four Aspen skaters. In Pre-Preliminary Ladies compulsory moves, Kaitlyn Hooper of Aspen Country Day School took the gold in her age group. She was joined by Aspen Middle School’s Sara Faurer, who also earned earned gold in her compulsory competition.
Another middle school skater, Holly Doyle, rounded out the top compulsory finishes with a bronze.
All three girls then moved on to the freeskate competition, where Doyle won gold, Hooper took silver and Faurer skated away with the bronze.
Hooper then added to her medal count with a bronze in the Interpretive event. Faurer followed right behind in fourth place, good for the pewter medal.
Aspen skater Jeremy Abbott, who now lives and trains in Colorado Springs, took gold in the Intermediate Men’s Short Program and followed that up with silver in the freeskate and another gold in Novice Men’s Spins competition.
Up next for the Aspen Skating Club will be a USFSA test session on October 26 and the annual Holiday Skating Exhibition on Sunday, Dec. 19. For more information on the club or to register for the club’s winter programs, contact Lise Bodek at 925-3184 or stop by the Aspen Ice Garden on Friday evenings at 5 p.m.
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