Indianapolis to host top U.S. figure skaters
Event takes place Aug. 8-10 at The Indiana/World Figure Skating Academy
|Jessica Rose Paetsch and Drew Meekins will make their competitive debut at the Indy Challenge. (courtesy Piper Gilles)|
(07/29/2008) - Some of America's Olympic hopefuls in figure skating will be competing at the 2008 Indy Pairs Challenge in Indianapolis. The Indiana/World Figure Skating Academy Figure Skating Club is hosting the annual event, which will take place Aug. 8-10, 2008, at the Pan Am Plaza street level rink located at 201 S. Capitol Avenue in Indianapolis. Started in 1990, Indy Challenge is one of the largest pairs figure skating competitions in the United States, and welcomes skaters from juvenile, intermediate, novice, junior, and senior levels. The competition is used in part to help U.S. Figure Skating fill slots for international competitions. Judges also provide critiques to the skaters to help them improve their programs. The marquee event of the Indy Challenge is the senior pairs (Olympic level) event. The short program will take place Saturday, Aug. 9 from 11:30 a.m. - 2:20 p.m. The free skate will take place Sunday, Aug. 10 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eighteen senior teams have registered. Some of the competitors are considered contenders for the 2010 U.S. Winter Olympic team. Among them: 2008 U.S. national pairs champions Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker; 2007 U.S. national pairs champions Brooke Castile and Ben Okolski; and 2007 U.S. national pairs bronze medalists Naomi Nari Nam and Themistocles Leftheris. Local teams competing include: Brandon Moore and Kaitlyn Scholtz (junior pairs); Cassie Andrews and Nicholas Anderson (novice pairs);Stephanie Griffin and Jordan Griffin (novice pairs) and Carlotta Powers and David Powers (intermediate pairs). Tickets are $12 for a one-day pass, $5 for a single-event pass ($3 for kids 12 and younger). A three-day event pass is $24. The event schedule and competitor list can be viewed at: 2008 Indy Pairs Challenge official Web site.