On July 30, we wrapped up our 36th annual ISI World Team Recreational Championships in typical Worlds fashion— fantastic performances, teamwork, an exceptional Benefit on Ice show, superb skater clinics, and worlds of fun both on and off the ice.
Spectators (friends and family) were treated to 4,500 performances by over 1,000 participants, representing 66 rink teams from 18 states and three foreign countries. Competitors ranged in age from 1 to 88!
The host team, Schwan Super Rink, won the coveted Michael Book Trophy as Overall Team Champion. See full results: http://220.127.116.11/competitionresults/Default.aspx
Rachael Mortellaro of Super Stars FC skated in the most events —33 —and SM Mall of Asia traveled the farthest, 7,831 miles.
Opening ceremonies for the 2016 event, held at the impressive Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn., took place Wednesday, July 27, as skaters, dressed in team colors, paraded into the National Sports Center stadium to celebrate the largest recreational ice skating competition in the world.
Following the ceremony, skaters headed to the Competitors’ Party at Brunswick Zone XL, where they enjoyed unlimited arcade games, laser tag and bowling, as well as a buffet dinner.
On Thursday, skaters had the unique opportunity to learn skating tips and techniques from America’s favorite skating sisters — Gracie and Carly Gold. The skating clinics were one of the most-well attended clinics in Worlds history.
The ISIA Benefit on Ice show, featuring Gracie and Carly Gold, attracted a large crowd with over 1, 000 spectators. Skaters and/or teams chosen to perform among the stars included: Rachael Mortellaro, Jade Knutson and Raegan Klein, Madalyn Moree, Jan Valtera and Hana Valterova, Antonio De Luna, Team NSC, Sabrina Logren, Jayden Zebe, Dublin Dazzlers, Eden Villarreal, Emma Jo Kielsa and Britta Hornback, Timmy Champman, Sharks Ice in Sync, SportQuest Skating Academy, Diana Zhu, Ramona Williams, Hannah Kahhat and Maja Zec, McKenzie Liboy, Heather Thorne, Sherry Dowlen, Brylee Zebe, Amelia Flanagan, Team K Lynn, Margaret Messamore, Austintatious Stars and 2016 scholarship winners Allyssa Allen, Eric Stinehart and Helen Streff. Two lucky Skate with the Stars raffle winners, Laura Bobier and Jade Knutson, also performed. Madalyn Moree and Diana Zhu also passed their FS 10 test while at Worlds!
Next year, the largest recreation competition in the world heads to California, July 17-22 at The Rinks – Anaheim ICE. Test and Entry deadline is May 1 and 10 respectively.
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