Team Forget Me Not Skating South

    Members of the Juneau Skating Club's Team Forget Me Not practice in this file photo. The JSC is competing in California this weekend. (Klas Stolpe)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau Skating Club will be traveling to compete in the Ice Sports Industry 2022 Winter Classic in San Jose, California, February 18-20. Team Forget Me Not and individual Juneau Skating Club members will be participating in a combined 86 events.

      Team Forget Me Not skaters are Aliyah Overturf (age 16), Angelica Rodriguez (15), Carly Phelps (16), Dom Morley (17), Ellis Gottschlich (13), Jade Hicks (16), June Troxel (13), Kennedy Love (15), Lydia Powers (16), Maggie Higgens (16), Melissa Maxwell (15), Paige Kirsch (14), Rebecca Maxwell (14), Sam Lagerquist (15) and Sophia Nylen (16).

      Non-team skaters include Adilynn Islas-Stauffer (10), Canon Cryderman (8), Cillian Peterson (11), Laurie Balstad (22), Maggie Sill (10), Maisy Mar (10) and Millie Mar (7) and adult participant and Team Forget Me Not manager Nicchia Leamer.

      According to Leamer the JSC will have a skater on the ice from 8:40 a.m. to 6:16 p.m. on the Saturday of competition and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. that Sunday.

      “That is events only and doesn’t include any practice time,” Leamer said.

      The events JSC skaters are competing include:

      Freestyle (levels 1-10): A freestyle program is a showcase of the skaters ability to do jumps, spins and footwork and their ability to connect to their choice of music. Freestyle programs can be from 1:30 minutes at the lowest level up to 4:00 minutes at the highest level. 

      Footwork (levels 1-10): A footwork program a skater displays a mix of moves patterns and technical skills in a program that can be no longer than one minute long. 

      Interpretive (levels 1-10): Interpretive is an event where the competing skaters all hear the music for the first time as a group. They hear the music three times total before performing, so their ability to interpret music and create choreography is important. 

      Artistic (levels 1-10): Artistic is an event where the flow of the skating is judged, along with the music interpretation, rhythm and artistry. No required moves or technical elements required. 

      Spotlight Programs (1-10): A spotlight program is a program designed to entertain, where the skaters can dress up, bring props, and use emotion to display their talents. These are broken into a number of categories, depending on who is skating and what they are doing.  

      Jumps and Spins (1-10): Partner events where one skater performs a spin from a designated set of spins and the other performs a jump from a designated group of spins. 

      Solo Compulsory (1-10): An event where a skater performs three jumps/spins from a designated set and is judged on technical merit. 

      Team Surprise (1-10): An event where a team of four skaters are given a set of challenges at the event.  

      Ensemble (1-10): A team event where a group of 3-7 skaters put together a program and must use costumes to enhance a theme. 

      Synchronized Skating: This program for Team Forget Me Not is different from their USFSA program performed in their last competition at the Glacier Falls Classic. It contains lifts and is longer at four minutes, as compared to the two-and-a-half minute routine at the Glacier Falls Classic. 

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