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Pasadena Ice Skating Center And Pickwick Ice Garden to Host 2014 Holiday Challenge Dec. 5-7

by Pasadena Independent
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The holiday season kicks into high gear for ice skaters from five states when the Ice Skating Institute Holiday Challenge ice skating competition returns to the Pasadena Ice Skating Center and Pickwick Ice Gardens in Burbank from Dec. 5-7.
More than 480 competitors from 31 skating rink teams from California, Illinois, Nevada, Ohio and Texas will compete in the three-day national event, which will feature more than 34 hours of competition at the two rinks. There will be a total of 927 performances – 612 individual performances and 315 team routines. Pasadena has the largest rink team represented with 119 skaters.
Eighty-nine-year-old Yvonne Dowlen from South Suburban Ice Arena is the oldest skater entered to compete. Two 72-year-olds, Daniel Brown from Carlson Ice Arena and Jeanne Brilhante from Ice Station Valencia, also will skate. The youngest skaters are 3-year-olds Sofia Capuya and Sophia Monestere, both representing the LA Kings Valley Ice Center
Events include artistic skating, couples spotlight, dance, ensemble, family spotlight, figures, footwork, freestyle, interpretive, jump and spin, pain, production team, rhythmic, solo compulsories, solo spotlight, stoking, synchronized teams, team compulsories and tots.
“We’re thrilled that the ISI selected the Pasadena Ice Skating Center as one of the hosts for this year’s Holiday Challenge,” said Randy Winship, general manager of the Pasadena Ice Skating Center. “This is only the second time that any Pasadena rink has hosted a national skating competition and it’s the first time since moving into our new facility in 2011.”
Pasadena has seen its share of well-known figure skaters skate and train in the city’s rinks, including Sonja Henie (Norwegian three-time Olympic gold medalist- 1928, 1932 and 1936), Peggy Fleming (American Olympic gold medalist in 1968), Mirai Nagusu (2008 U.S. national champion and fourth place in the 2010 Olympics) and Taryn Jurgenson (2010 U.S. Olympian).
The Pasadena Ice Skating Center is home to the Pasadena Figure Skating Club and the Pasadena Maple Leafs, the oldest youth hockey club in Southern California (founded in 1964).
The center is open year-round and offers both group and private instruction for beginner to advanced skaters. It offers figure skating and hockey programs along with general public skating sessions.
For more information about the ISI Holiday Challenge, visit http://www.skateisi.com/site/Sub.Cfm?content=holiday_challenge. For information about the Pasadena Ice Skating Center, call (626) 578-0800 or visit www.skatepasadena.com.

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