Category Archives: Figure Skating

Looking Back at 2014 – and Looking Ahead to 2015

Last year didn’t quite go the way I hoped, but I gained a lot of valuable experience both as an athlete and as a person.  I feel that now is the time to embrace new ideas and look for opportunities, even if that means going back to the roots.  At any rate, I am still proud of what I managed to accomplish last season, and I am determined to keep building upon my previous successes, no matter how small.

I hope you’ll enjoy these videos, which are the culmination of all my hard work throughout 2014.

And, as a bonus, here is a little sneak peek at what’s in store for 2015!

P.S. For more update on my very interesting life, follow me on Twitter at: @theskatingcat

2014 Challenge Cup

2014 Challenge Cup

Nine U.S. athletes to compete at the junior and senior levels at 2014 Challenge Cup March 6-9, in The Hague, Netherlands.

Ladies
Elena Taylor and Amy Lin will make their international debuts in the junior ladies event. Taylor and Lin finished fifth and sixth, respectively, at the junior level at the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Men
Douglas Razzano finished sixth at the 2014 U.S. Championships. He is Team USA’s only senior competitor in The Hague. Competing at the junior level are Chase Belmontes and Kevin Shum, who finished fourth and sixth, respectively, at the U.S. Championships. Both are making their international debuts at this event.

Pairs
Aya Takai and Brian Johnson finished seventh as juniors at the 2014 U.S. Championships. Should they make the minimum technical scores (SP 20.00; FS 30.00) required by the ISU to compete in championship events, the team will then compete next weekend at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. Chelsea Liu and Devin Perini were originally selected to the World Junior Team but will not compete due to a Perini injury. Jessica Lee and Robert Hennings are the 2014 U.S. novice bronze medalists.

2014 Pacific Coast Sectional Figure Skating Championships

Top four Junior Ladies finishers qualified for the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston

The Junior Ladies Medalist (R-L): Elizabeth Nguyen (Bronze), Amy Lin (Gold), Tyler Pierce (Silver), Xylina Rusit (Pewter).

Junior Ladies Free Skate – Carmen Suite

Results

2014 Central Pacific Regional Championships

Junior Ladies Short Program – Vortex

Results

2013 Ice Dreams @ Oakland CA

Ice Dreams Skating Show at Oakland Ice Center!

I’m very excited to be a guest skater for the coming show, Ice Dreams, at Oakland on June 2nd! Please join us and enjoy this great opportunity to watch some of America’s best skaters on ice. Below you can find a special discount code for 50% off General Admission Tickets.

SPECIAL TICKET OFFER FOR DUBLIN DOLLS & DUBLIN DAZZLERS!

We are offering half price tickets to ICE DREAMS for all family and friends of Amy Lin. To purchase the $30 General Admission Ticket (regularly $60) visit the BUY TICKETS page on our website or call 1-877-766-8168. Be sure to enter the code: ICEDREAMS62 when purchasing your tickets! (code is case sensitive).

Ice Dreams Poster

USFSA LOGO

2013 US Figure Skating Athlete Alumni Ambassador (3A) Award Winners Announced

(5/16/13)U.S. Figure Skating announced the 2013 Athlete Alumni Ambassador (3A) award recipients.

The 3A award is a scholarship program that recognizes skaters who have achieved figure skating excellence while actively volunteering.

Amy Lin, Peninsula SC (ladies) – Lin, the reigning U.S. novice silver medalist, is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and was awarded High Honor Roll from California Capistrano Connections Academy for the 2012-13 year. She volunteers with Hoop Shots, a weekly program for children with special needs, plants trees through the Nature Interpretive Center, has participated in the Annual Ice Dance Weekend exhibition for Bay Area ice dancers since 2008 and performed in both the 2012 Broadway benefit show for the Riverside Icetown Rink and 2013 California Gold SkateFest fundraising exhibition.

I’ve come full circle!

On Friday, April 26th, 2013, I passed the last two standard gold pattern dances sat the Nazareth Ice Oasis in Redwood City. I am officially a Gold Medalist in ice dancing!

I actually started learning ice dance in Redwood City, when I was seven years old. My first coach, John Dowding, was one of the best coaches I could have asked for. He was gentle, he was kind, and he was always very patient with me, going over the exercises and fundamentals until he was sure that I had mastered the skill. I have much to thank him for.

But there is still a lot to appreciate, most of it in the form of my current coach, Sergei Ponomarenko, and his wife and former dance partner, Marina Klimova. Both of them have helped me expand upon my dance fundamentals and allowed them to grow and improve greatly. I especially must thank Sergei for constantly adapting to my irregular schedule, always making time for me on the weekends whenever I come back to northern California to visit my family.

In the past couple of years, I have also had a lot of fun participating in the annual Bay Area Ice Dance Weekend with the BAID (Bay Area Ice Dancers). And I always enjoy skating with my friends during the social ice dance sessions on Sundays at San Jose.

Gambill’s pupils young but talented

by Jim Alexander, for The Press-Enterprise
 
From left, Shotoro Omori, Tyler Pierce, Amy Lin, Vincent Zhou. (Staff photo: Stan Lim)

From left, Shotoro Omori, Tyler Pierce, Amy Lin, Vincent Zhou. (Staff photo: Stan Lim)

RIVERSIDE — Tammy Gambill has coached figure skating champions before. But weeks like the one she and her skaters spent in Omaha, for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships Jan. 21-27, are the types from which spring daydreams of Olympic medal podiums.

It can’t be helped.

“For some of them, it’s very realistic,” Gambill said. “It’s just a matter of time.”

Tammy Gambill (center), with the 10 skaters she took to the recent U.S. National Figure Skating Championships. Back: Sean Rabbitt, Philip Warren, Shotaro Omori, Richard Dornbush. Middle row: Tyler Pierce, Elizabeth Nguyen, Vincent Zhou, Amy Lin. Front row: Ai Setoyama, Caitlin Nguyen. (Staff photo: Stan Lim)

Tammy Gambill (center), with the 10 skaters she took to the recent U.S. National Figure Skating Championships. Back: Sean Rabbitt, Philip Warren, Shotaro Omori, Richard Dornbush. Middle row: Tyler Pierce, Elizabeth Nguyen, Vincent Zhou, Amy Lin. Front row: Ai Setoyama, Caitlin Nguyen. (Staff photo: Stan Lim)

Amy Lin – 2013 US Figure Skating Championships Novice Ladies Free Skate