Phantoms' club to compete in Columbus on Saturday
BOARDMAN -- Saturday, the Mahoning Valley Phantoms Figure Skating Club will participate in the 2006 ISI Arnold Youth Figure Skating Competition at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.
The event is part of the Arnold Sports Festival and Fitness Weekend, hosted by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The club will send 12 skaters to compete, ranging in age from 6 to 17.
Nineteen figure skating clubs from across the country are participating, including more than 200 skaters.
Competing for the Phantoms Figure Skating Club are Turner Curry, Kimberley Ramsey, Molly Dodd, Melissa Headland, Jessica McGeary, Brienne Seekford, Alicia Lawson, Alyssa DeMaria, Morgan Brandt, Nicole French, Allison Grusha and Corrin Lawrence.
There are 15 levels of singles competition, from Pre-Alpha through Freestyle 10.
Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to skaters at each level. The 15 singles levels include eight levels of free skating.
The gold medal winners from the free skating levels will take part in a group interview with Schwarzenegger.
From that interview, one skater will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship. The competition is endorsed by the ISI (Ice Skating Institute) and will showcase artistry and athleticism.
This marks the first year that figure skating will be a part of the Fitness Weekend. Twenty-nine sports-related events will take place throughout downtown Columbus, headlined by the Arnold Classic Bodybuilding Championships.