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D e d i c a t e d t o p r o v i d i n g l e a d e r s h i p, education and ser vices to the ice skating industr y. ICE SKATING INSTITUTE 6000 Custer Rd., Bldg. 9 Plano, TX 75023 Phone: (972) 735-8800 Fax: (972) 735-8815 e-mail: isi@skateisi.org www.skateisi.org ISI INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS Executive Director Peter Martell Director of Skating Programs & Events Randy Winship Director of Management Programs & Services Sean Flynn Controller Donna Crooks Assistant Controller Elizabeth Kibat Membership Coordinator Mary Ann Mangano Print Production & Advertising/ Sponsorship Manager Carol Jackson Information Services Coordinator Jeff Anderson Administrative Assistant Angela Tooley ISI OFFICERS President 1st Vice President 2nd Vice President Treasurer Secretary Immediate Past President DIRECTORS District 1 Tiesha Potvin-Coale District 2 Robyn Bentley District 3 Lisa Fedick District 4 Christine Wilson Brinton District 5 Larry LaBorde District 6 Jodi Truel District 7 Jamie Baringer District 8 Susan D’Aquila District 9 Bridgid LaMear District 10 Jane Schaber District 11 John Kanicka District 12 Debbie Lane District 13 Allison Miller District 14 Paige Scott District 15 Bert Blanchette District 16 Cindy Solberg District 18 Glyn Jones Hockey Dan Smith Builders & Suppliers Doug Peters Instructors David Santee Commercial Facilities Liz Mangelsdorf Public/Not-for-Profit Facilities Sara Bolan Schools/Colleges/ Universities Alane Swiderski iAIM Chair Kevin McCormack PSA Representative Gerry Lane USFSA Representative Homer Hagedorn ISIAsia Representative Paul Wong AMMA Representative Trudy Ivory MIAMA Representative Dean Mulso MIRMA Representative Judy Sniffen Education Foundation Don Bartelson Lifetime Honorary Member Carol Zdziebko Jim Hartnett Mike Paikin Janice Forbes Rob McBride Margy Bennett Jim Lange news & notes Rachael Flatt Evan Lysacek Mirai Nagasu Paul Harvath, U.S. Figure Skating Emily Hughes ON THE COVER Sasha Cohen Alissa Czisny Joins Ranks of Former ISI Skaters Who Rose to the Top Congratulations to Alissa Czisny, the most recent U.S. National Champion who got her start in the ISI recreational ice skating program. Dorothy Hamill was the first former ISI skater to advance to the national cham -pionship title, which she held from 1974 through 1976. She went on to take gold at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria and again at that year’s World Figure Skating Championships. Since then, many ISI skaters have reached the elite competitive ranks, including: • Kristi Yamaguchi, 1992 Olympic champion • Michelle Kwan, two-time Olympic medalist and most decorated figure skater in U.S. history • Sarah Hughes, 2002 Olympic champion • Sasha Cohen, 2006 Olympic silver medalist • Emily Hughes, 2006 Olympian • Evan Lysacek, 2010 Olympic champion • Rachael Flatt, 2010 Olympian • Mirai Nagasu, 2010 Olympian Most of these skating champions have been featured in ISIA Education Foundation Benefit on Ice shows at the annual ISI World Recreational Team Championships. This year’s guest skater will be announced soon. The Ice Skating Institute is proud of its long and successful track record of provid -ing a recreational ice skating program for skaters of all skill levels and aspirations. Everyone can be a champion in the ISI program! RECREATIONAL ICE SKATING, SPRING 2011 4

News & Notes

ON THE COVER

<b>Alissa Czisny Joins Ranks of Former ISI Skaters Who Rose to the Top</b>

Congratulations to Alissa Czisny, the most recent U.S. National Champion who got her start in the ISI recreational ice skating program.

Dorothy Hamill was the first former ISI skater to advance to the national championship title, which she held from 1974 through 1976. She went on to take gold at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria and again at that year’s World Figure Skating Championships.

Since then, many ISI skaters have reached the elite competitive ranks, including:

• Kristi Yamaguchi, 1992 Olympic champion

• Michelle Kwan, two-time Olympic medalist and most decorated figure skater in U.S. history

• Sarah Hughes, 2002 Olympic champion

• Sasha Cohen, 2006 Olympic silver medalist

• Emily Hughes, 2006 Olympian

• Evan Lysacek, 2010 Olympic champion

• Rachael Flatt, 2010 Olympian

• Mirai Nagasu, 2010 Olympian

Most of these skating champions have been featured in ISIA Education Foundation Benefit on Ice shows at the annual ISI World Recreational Team Championships.This year’s guest skater will be announced soon.

The Ice Skating Institute is proud of its long and successful track record of providing a recreational ice skating program for skaters of all skill levels and aspirations.Everyone can be a champion in the ISI program!

<b>Skate-A-Thon Raises $1,500 for Juvenile Diabetes Research</b>

The Glenview Blades, an ISI synchronized skating team in Glenview, Ill., raised $1,500 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation with its annual Skate-A-Thon.

Each year the team designates a portion of its fundraising efforts to a charity chosen by the skaters. Team member Alyssa Manno, who is herself diabetic, presented the check, saying: “The Skate-A-Thon provides a great opportunity for families, friends and neighbors to support the Blades, an organization that teaches us many wonderful values, including sportsmanship, teamwork and the value of hard work. In addition, every year at least 10 percent of proceeds go to a deserving charity. This year we selected the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which is driven by a single mission: to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. JDRF is also committed to developing new and better treatments that improve the lives of people with diabetes in the near term and keep them healthy while they advance toward a cure.”

<b>TBSA Countryside Skaters Featured in Busch Gardens Holiday Show</b>

Allie White (left), age 7, FS 3, and Nicole Tutak, age 8, FS 4, were featured in the Christmas on Ice Show at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla. The two skaters, both from Tampa Bay Skating Academy-Countryside, shared the role of the little girl in the professional production, and each performed in more than 50 shows during its Nov. 20-Jan. 2 run.

<b>Skate for Hope Team Seeks More Members</b>

Six ISI members who met at the Adult Championships in Las Vegas have formed a Skate for Hope team to raise funds for breast cancer research, awareness and education.

Skate for Hope is a nonprofit organization founded by a breast cancer survivor who credits figure skating and her skating friends with her positive attitude throughout her treatment process.

“Our team went to Las Vegas in February and worked on our choreography with Vassili Mourzine,” said Becky Langford, a member of the Santa Fe Skating Club. “We are skating to ‘Unwritten’ by Natasha Bedingfield. We plan to meet Again in late March or late May. We would like to get more skaters to join us.”

The Skate for Hope show will take place on Saturday, June 18 at the Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

Olympic, world and national skating champions such as Johnny Weir, Rachael Flatt and Emily Hughes will join the cast to present a spectacular show. Proceeds will benefit the Stefanie Spielman Fund at the James Cancer Center and Solove Research Institute and the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.

For more information, go to skateforhope.org.

<b>WANTED: ISI Event Correspondents</b>

If you’ve always wanted to see your work — and your name — in print, here’s your chance! ISI members (and their friends and family, too) are invited to submit their reports, observations and photos from ISI local, regional and national events, yearround.Tell our readers all about your experience at the event, what you saw and heard, highlights, behind-thescenes stories, inspirations, what made the event different or special — anything you want to report, and the more detail, the better! We’ll feature the best reports in this magazine and on our website throughout the year. This will be an ongoing editorial department. Send your event reports and photos to editor@skateisi.org.

<b>Skating Director Gets Extreme Office Makeover</b>

Linda Barnard Monney, skating director at Piney Orchard Ice Arena in Odenton, Md., had a surprise waiting for her when she returned to her rink from her vacation and birthday trip.

“When I returned on an early Saturday morning, there was a poster-size birthday card hanging on my office door welcoming me back. I was touched, and commented that someone had painted my old door,” she says.

“To my unbelievable surprise, I entered a beautiful, totally new office! The room had been completely emptied and replaced with new carpet and furniture, trophies displayed, plaques mounted on the wall and new curtains on the bright, clean windows.”

While she was gone, parents and students from her team performed an “extreme makeover” on her 20-year-old office, which had become a repository for old files, hula hoops, camp crafts, lost and found items, etc.

“I was totally shocked and will never forget the big smiles on everyone’s faces as they waited for my reaction. I was speechless and awestruck,” she recalls.

She learned that board members from her ISI team had masterminded the project, with paint and carpet funds provided by rink manager Gary Cremen.

“One of the best things about skating is the friendships that develop and the camaraderie created by working together to achieve goals and support one another,” Linda notes. “My extreme office makeover is definitely an example of all of that, and I am most privileged to be a part of the Piney Orchard ISI team.”

<b>Be the Face of Your Favorite ISI National Event!</b>

Have you competed in any of ISI’s national events in the past three years: Winter Classic, Synchronized Championships, Conference Championships, Worlds, Adult Championships or Artistic Challenge? We are looking for ISI members of all ages and skating levels to provide testimonials about each event for future event advertising and promotion.Tell us in 250 words or less what you liked best about the event, and why you recommend it to other skaters. Then email it, along with a photo of yourself, to editor@skateisi.org. The deadline for submissions is June 15.

<b>How Do You Display Your ISI Test Badges?</b>

Collecting test badges is one of the benefits of the ISI program.How do you display yours? On a sweater or jacket? In a shadow box or frame? Do you have a clever and creative idea for a badge collection? Send us a photo of you with your ISI test badges, plus your ideas to share with other readers, and you might see yourself in a future issue of this magazine!

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