Skate Houston expects hundreds of competitors

March 26, 2008 8:09:16 AM PDT
Hundreds of ice skaters will flock to Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center to participate in one of Houston area's largest ice skating competitions of the year.Skate Houston, an event sanctioned by US Figure Skating, will be held on March 28-30. More than 350 skaters have signed up to compete in 140 events this year, orgainizers said.

The first two days of competition includes freestyle and compulsory events. The main event of the final day is what is known as Basic Skills skating, where skaters new to the sport get the opportunity to taste the thrill of competition.

Events will take place from 8:00am-6:30pm on Friday; 8:00am-7:30pm on Saturday; and 9:00am-4:00pm on Sunday. For a complete schedule of events, please visit www.texasgulfcoastfsc.org.

"Our club is fortunate to be hosting this incredible event," said Rene Bloom, president of the Texas Gulf Coast Figure Skating Club, which is organizing the competition. "It is rare that the local community has the chance to sample the great skating skills that are so plentiful in our community. When you see how hard these kids work day in and day out, you are proud to be a small part of creating the opportunity for them to showcase their skills."

Last year, Houston area skaters brought home several national medals. Among them were Sophia LaMay, who earned the Novice Ladies Silver Medal at the U.S. National Championships; Nina Jiang, who won the Intermediate Ladies Gold Medal at the U.S. Junior Nationals; and B.J. Conrad, who brought home the Men's Intermediate Pewter Medal at U.S. Junior Nationals.

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