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Learning from the best

June 14, 2011
By KATE BRINDLE - Special to the Enterprise , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

LAKE PLACID - "Graceful, elegant and balletic" are all words that have been used to describe the latest Olympic skater to appear in Lake Placid for what was named "best summer skating camp" by Sports Illustrated for Kids in 2007. This 1988 Olympian, U.S. National Figure Skating Championship medalist and 1987 World Figure Skating Championship bronze medalist is none other than Caryn Kadavy.

Kadavy, who has 12 years of coaching experience and has participated in professional ice shows since her impressive competition career ended, will take part in the annual summer school, which began Sunday and continues through Aug. 28. Kadavy, originally from Ohio, is expected to be in Lake Placid for the next two-and-a-half weeks.

Skaters eager for a glimpse into the world of a real Olympic skater will be given the opportunity to take lessons from Kadavy, whose expertise ranges from freestyle skating and moves in the field to choreography. Skaters will also be able to interact with the accomplished former amateur skater through group lessons and learn from her what it takes to become a successful athlete, something Kadavy believes includes "strength training, ballet and edges." Kadavy said all these elememts are "needed to compete under the new judging system."

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American figure skater Caryn Kadavy will be in Lake Placid for the next two-and-a-half weeks as part of the 79th annual Lake Placid Skating summer program.
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Kadavy, who first discovered the camp during her trip here for last year's Summer Figure Skating Championships, decided to attend the program again this year, along with her students. Kadavy said she was impressed by how well run the skating school was and how many on-ice and off-ice programs were offered. She believes Lake Placid's skating school is high-end and "comparable to other high-end skating programs around the country."

Lake Placid's summer skating school, which was created in 1932, features ample ice time for skaters as well as on-ice programs like jumps, spins, choreography and stroking. The program also offers an assortment of off-ice programs for skaters, including ballet, dance, yoga, fitness, trampoline, stretch, off-ice edge, Pilates and ballroom dancing.

Kadavy said the atmosphere in Lake Placid, rich with Winter Olympic history, makes for a "great experience." She said Lake Placid is "safe and comfortable," noting that her students love being able to take the trolley.

Fact Box

ORDA press release:

LAKE PLACID - The 2011 summer skating series opens this weekend, June 17 and 18, with Friday's Freaky Friday and the Saturday Night Ice Show at the Olympic Center. Friday's Freaky Friday event begins at 4:30 p.m., while the Saturday night's show is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. Both events will be held in the center's 1932 Rink Jack Shea Arena.

The U.S. ice dancing team of Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov open this season's Saturday Night Ice Shows. Gregory and Petukhov, who began skating together in 2001, are four-time U.S. figure skating national championship silver medalists and 2006 Olympians. The couple has also won two U.S. national championship bronze medals.

Joining Gregory and Petukhov will be skaters participating in the 79th annual summer skating program. The skaters will perform their individual and group numbers during this entertaining event. Admission to the show is $10 for adults, $8 for juniors and seniors. Children six and under may enter for free.

The ever-popular Freaky Friday show will also feature skaters from the summer skating program, who create their own unique routines for this event. The skaters abandon their regular routines in favor of creativity, humor and amusement. The routines are judged on entertainment value. Admission is free.

Kadavy will be joined this summer by 1992 Olympic silver medalist and U.S. National medalist Paul Wylie, 2006 Olympians and U.S. National medalist ice dancers Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov and 2011 U.S. National men's figure skating champion Ryan Bradley. These skaters are also scheduled to perform in the weekly Saturday Night Ice Show, which features a guest skater each week.

More than 400 skaters, some from as far away as Italy, are expected to attend the skating camp this year. In addition to the on-ice and off-ice programs, skaters will also be given the opportunity to take part in weekly Freaky Fridays and Theme Day Thursdays, a new feature this year. Skaters may also perform in the Saturday Night Ice Shows, which will enable them to become comfortable with performing in front of an audience.

There will also be two weeks of adult skating, a two-week synchronized skating camp and a basic skills weekend at the Olympic Center. The annual Lake Placid Summer Figure Skating Championships will be held from June 23 to 25, followed by the Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships July 27-30.

For more information on the skating school and programs available to skaters, go to



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