What comes to mind when we reflect on our 2020ne ISI World Recreational Team Championships, July 28-31 at the NSC Super Rink in Blaine, Minn.? The indescribable excitement and emotions we felt as we welcomed our skaters, families and coaches back to our annual, signature, national event that skipped a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nearly 550 skaters representing 40 rink teams from 10 states (California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin) competed at the fun-filled event, deemed an out-of-this world experience!
“This year’s event was smaller than in years past, which allowed for an easier transition of getting back to hosting national events,” said ISI Skating Programs & National Events Director Kim Hansen. “It was our first event without COVID-19 restrictions or special requirements, and the NSC Super Rink did a first-rate job of keeping us running on time and even ahead of schedule at times.
“People seemed relaxed and like they were having fun. Starr [Andrews], our ISI Benefit Show performer, skated wonderfully and the audience was extremely receptive; it was the best audience we’ve seen yet!”
With a total of 1098.5 points, the NSC Super Rink was the Overall Team Champion and winner of the Michael Booker Trophy for the most team points.
Other Overall Team top finishers included:
HealthEast Sports Center, Woodbury, Minn., 2nd place (766.5 points)
White Bear Lake Sports Center, White Bear Lake, Minn., 3rd place (529.5 points)
St. Louis Park Recreation Center, 4th place, St. Louis, (460.5 points)
SportsQuest Skating Academy (SQSA) Parade, Minneapolis, 5th place (399.5 points).
Team Trophy Winners included:
President’s Award Trophy: Stars of Austin Figure Skating Club (342 points) – Presented to the team of 11-35 skaters that accumulates the most team points and does not place in the top five teams overall.
Board of Directors Trophy: RDV Sportsplex Ice Den (132.5 points) – Presented to the team of 1-10 skaters that accumulates the most team points and does not place in the top five teams overall.
Percentage Trophy: El Paso Figure Skating Club (16 points) – Presented to the team of 5 or more skaters that does not place in the top five teams overall and gets the highest point percentage per skaters (does not include team points).
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The 2022 ISI Worlds will take place Aug. 4-7 at Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Ill. Test and entry deadline is May 15.
Editor’s note: All photos were taken at the event by ISI staff and/or submitted by participants and coaches. To view the professional event photo by Gabriele Photography, please click here.
Oldest Skaters — Male: Daniel Brown, 79, NSC Super Rink, Blaine, Minn.; Female: Cheryl Graffi, 76, Pasadena Skating Center, Pasadena, Calif.
Youngest Skaters — Female: Breelie Schmuecker, 3, HealthEast Sports Center, Woodbury, Minn.; Tenley Brown, 4, and Natalie Vasquez, 4, both with Stars of Austin Figure Skating Club, Pflugerville, Texas.
Skated in Most Events — Female: Jennifer Martino, NSC Super Rink, Blaine, Minn. (15 events); Annaleigh Collins, NSC Super Rink (13 events), Blaine, Minn.; Saanvi Rangarajan, St. Louis Park Recreation Center, St. Louis (12 events), Aubrey Lovins, HealthEast Sports Center, Woodbury, Minn. (12 events)
Teams from Farthest Distance — Vacaville Ice Sports, Vacaville, Calif. (1,545 miles); Hollywood Ice Stars, Northridge, Calif. (1,533 miles); Pasadena Skating Center, Pasadena, Calif. (1,519 miles); Fort Myers Skatium, Fort Myers, Fla. (1,426 miles)