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May 27, 2011 > Competitive theater on ice team wins national bronze

Competitive theater on ice team wins national bronze

Submitted By Kim Golding

Sixteen members of the coed Redwood City Theatre on Ice (RCIT) figure skating team, including talented Fremont residents Sarah Feng, Katie Golding and Megan Shah, were crowned the 2011 Junior Level Bronze Medalists at the US National Theatre on Ice competition held April 9-10 in Cape Cod, Mass. RCIT represents the Peninsula Skating Club and trains at the Nazareth Ice Oasis in Redwood City.

Their Bronze medal program titled "Swing" used elements from the song "Zoot Suit Riot" which reenacted the heyday of swing clubs in East Los Angeles during the start of WWII. Artistic Director Jodi Porter, along with coaches Susan Blaisdell and Billy Kheir, worked with the skaters for the past nine months preparing for the national competition.

"This team worked so hard to master a really difficult program that blended advanced skating skills in a theatrical and entertaining way that included the use of props and costumes all designed to tell a story within the six-minute time allotment." said Porter.

The skaters all train and compete as individual competitors in addition to their participation on the Theatre on Ice Team and range in age from 10 to 18 years old. Their third-place finish at nationals qualifies them to represent the United States at future international competition.

During the past two seasons, the team earned the bronze medal in the Junior Division CE at the 15th Annual International 2010 Theatre on Ice Competition, and a gold medal at the 2009 State Games of America. In addition to these national and international results, the team has many podium finishes in local and regional competitions.

While continuing to train and prepare for their upcoming competition at the State Games of America in San Diego, the team took time to appear and perform May 15 at "Ice Pop," a spring ice show being held at their home training facility, Nazareth Ice Oasis, in Redwood City.

In addition to competing, the team makes itself available to skate and perform at benefit shows and exhibitions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area in support of charitable causes.

For information on when the team will next perform, and how you can support Redwood City Ice Theatre as they prepare for international competition, please contact Susan Blaisdell at 650-364-8090 or sblaisdell@iceoasis.com, or visit the RCIT website, www.redwoodcityicetheatre.org.

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