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Figure Skating

This page draws together figure skating-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


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Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics figure skating.  View Figure Skating Fact Sheet

Figure skating is a sport in which individuals, pairs, or groups perform spins, jumps, footwork and other intricate and challenging moves on ice skates. Figure skaters compete at various levels from beginner up to the Olympic level (senior), and at local, national, and international competitions.


Figure Skating Stories and News


November 10, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Sweden

Figure skating seminar leads the way for new coaches and skaters

By Suzanne Coogan

Nordic Figure Skating Seminar attendees, Stockholm

Following a successful Nordic Figure Skating Seminar recently held in Stockholm the selection process for 10 to 15 new Special Olympics Figure Skating coaches in Sweden is under way.View Story Following a successful Nordic Figure Skating Seminar recently held in Stockholm the selection process for up to 15 new Special Olympics Figure Skating coaches in Sweden is under way. The Swedish Figure Skating Federation has initiated a new project specifically to attract new coaches to train skaters with disabilities including those with intellectual disabilities. 20 young coaches working across Sweden and Finland attended the Seminar which was conducted by Elisabeth Sieber who is the Special Olympics Figure Skating Advisor in Europe and Eurasia. The Seminar covered information on Special Olympics rules, coaching and event management including preparatory work for the World Winter Games 2017 to be held in Graz, Austria. Initiatives on attracting new skaters were also discussed and agreed. Sincere appreciation to Per Adler and the Swedish Figure Skating Federation for funding this Seminar and to Special Olympics Sweden for its excellent organization.

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager, Media and Public Awareness, Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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August 27, 2014 | North America: Michigan

Olympic Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White Coming to State Fall Games

By Aaron Mills

Olympic ice dance champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White are coming to the State Fall Games in September.View Story Olympic ice dance champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White are coming to the State Fall Games in September! Davis and White will be a part of the Opening Ceremony on Friday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Marriott Ann Arbor Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest. Along with winning gold at the 2014 Olympics, the pair captured silver at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and were World Champions in 2011 and 2013. This past spring, they competed against each other on ABC's Dancing with the Stars where Davis teamed up with professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy to win the Mirror Ball trophy. Back in March, Davis and White were honored alongside SOMI gold medal-winning figure skater Teadora Spremo for their accomplishments on the ice by Governor Rick Snyder.

About Aaron Mills:Aaron Mills is the Public Relations and Social Media Manager for Special Olympics Michigan.
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May 14, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Seeking Experienced Officials for the LA 2015 Games

By Sara Prescott

Special Olympics welcomes applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. The application deadline is July 1.View Story Special Olympics is accepting applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. In most cases, Special Olympics will select officials who are already certified by a related sports federation and who have Special Olympics officiating experience. Applications must be received by no later than July 1 2014. Please use the link below for more information and to download applications.

About Sara Prescott:I am the Administrative Assistant of Sports Training & Competition at Special Olympics.
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Figure Skating Events


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Event

Location

Jan 21 - 25 2015

John L Cassidy Heartland Winter Games

Join us January 21-25 in various locations across Missouri as our athletes showcase their skill in alpine skiing, snowshoeing, cross county skiing, figure skating and speed skating competition. Skiing, Snowshoeing and Cross County will be held at the Snow Creek Ski Area in Weston, Missouri. Figure skating and speed skating will be held at Bode Ice Area, St. Joseph, Missouri. Floor Hockey competition will be held at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Sapp Field House. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. Hope to see you there!
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Tim Rehder
Email:rehdert@ksso.org
Phone:913-236-9290
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Snow Creek Ski Area; Bode Ice Arena; Univ of Nebraska at Omaha
Weston, Missouri
UNITED STATES

Jan 24 - 25 2015

Southeast Regional Figure Skating

Join us January 24-25 as our athletes compete and showcase their skill at the Southeast Figure Skating Competition at the Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sport. **For athletes who want to participate, please send registration forms to registration@sonc.net by January 6, 2015. For more information, please refer to the link and contact information below.
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Megan O'Donnell
Email:modonnell@sonc.net
Phone:919-818-4598
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Extreme Ice Center
4705 Indian Trail-Fairview Rd.

Indian Trail, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

Feb 3 - 6 2015

State Winter Games

The 2015 Special Olympics Michigan State Winter Games presented by Wertz Warriors will be February 3-6, 2015 in the greater Traverse City area. Alpine Skiing at Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire: Slalom, Giant Slalom, Downhill; Cross Country Skiing at Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire: 50M, 100M, 250M, 500M, 1K, 3K, 5K; Figure Skating at Howe Ice Arena in Traverse City: Compolsury and Freestyle; Snowboarding at Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire: Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super Giant Slalom; Snowshoeing at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Acme: 30M, 50M, 75M, 100M, 200M, 400M; Speed Skating at Howe Ice Arena in Traverse City: 25M, 30M, 50M, 100M, 300M, 500M, 800M. For more information about the State Winter Games, including how to volunteer use the link below.
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Aaron Mills
Email:aaron.mills@somi.org
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Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Acme, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Feb 18 - 19 2015

Skating Championships

What is the Skating Championships? The Skating Championships are one of 9 state sports competitions. It is the culminating competition for those participating in figure skating and speed skating. The Skating Championships are hosted at Canlan Ice Sports in Romeoville, Illinois. Special Olympics Illinois will be holding this event in a new venue this year with the goal of increasing participation. Canlan Ice Sports is an amazing facility and will hopefully be more accessible and less costly for agencies and families attending the event.
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David Shindley
Email:dshindley@soill.org
Phone:309-888-2551
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Canlan Ice Sports
1581 Normantown Rd.

Plainfield, Illinois
UNITED STATES

Feb 19 - 21 2015

2015 Special Olympics British Columbia Winter Games

Set be held in Kamloops February 19 to 21, the 2015 Special Olympics British Columbia Winter Games will feature 600 athletes from around the province going for gold in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, floor hockey, snowshoeing, and speed skating. SOBC athletes province-wide competed in Regional Qualifiers in 2014 to earn coveted spots in the 2015 Provincial Games. In Kamloops, athletes will compete for the chance to advance to the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, where the participants will seek to qualify for the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. The curling, figure skating, and speed skating events will be hosted at McArthur Island Sports and Events Centre, and floor hockey events will be held in School District #73 schools. The alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing events will be hosted at Sun Peaks Resort. The Games will kick off with the Opening Ceremony on the evening of February 19 at the Tournament Capital Centre, where all the teams will get to march in proudly and be welcomed to Kamloops. To find out more and get involved, please use contact info and links below.
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2015 SOBC Games Office
Email:games@specialolympics.bc.ca
Phone:250-828-3822
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McArthur Island Sports and Events Centre / School District #73 schools / Sun Peaks Resort / Tourname
Kamloops, British Columbia
CANADA

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Figure Skating Competitions

World Winter Games 2013

The 2013 Games featured world-class competition in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, snowboarding and speedskating, among other sports in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea. See results by delegation, athlete and bib number.


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