Friday, July 29, 2011

The 2011 Indy Pairs Challenge-- I'm SO There...

I’ve spent the better part of my week wondering if I’d be attending this weekend’s Indy Pairs Challenge as A) a spectator (covering it for the blog), B) a vendor (promoting/selling/signing copies of Skating on Air), or C) neither A nor B. As it turns out, I’ve been cleared for option B… so if you’re in attendance for “the largest pairs-only event in the world,” please seek me out, have a little bite of chocolate (if I remember to bring it!), and take a peek at the book if you like! I’ll be at the table festooned with fliers and posters that look a lot like that book cover over on the left side of this page :-)

I’m hoping to be there most of Saturday, during which the Senior Final and Junior Final will be taking place. The list of Junior entries is rather daunting (26 teams!), so I won’t re-create it… but there’s only a dozen pairs competing in seniors, so here they are… a quite impressive dozen at that…

Margaret Purdy / Michael Marinaro
(9th at 2011 Canadian Nationals)

Lindsay Davis / Leftheris Themistocles
(7th at 2011 U.S. Nationals)

Tiffany Vise / Don Baldwin
(6th at 2011 U.S. Nationals)

Caydee Denney / John Coughlin
(3rd & 1st, respectively, at 2011 U.S. Nationals, making their FS debut as a new team here)

Taylor Steele / Rob Schultz
(4th in Juniors, 2011 Canadian Nationals)

Ashley Cain / Joshua Reagan
(Junior champions, 2011 U.S. Nationals)

Kirsten Moore-Towers / Dylan Moscovitch
(1st at 2011 Canadian Nationals)

Paige Lawrence / Rudi Swiegers
(3rd at 2011 Canadian Nationals)

Gretchen Donlan / Andrew Speroff
(8th at 2011 U.S. Nationals)

Chloe Katz / Joe Lynch
(9th at 2011 U.S. Nationals)

Cassie Andrews / Tim LeDuc
(Junior bronze medalists, 2011 U.S. Nationals)

Andrea Poapst / Chris Knierim
(Junior silver medalists, 2011 U.S. Nationals)

More info about the Indy Pairs Challenge can be found
here. Good luck to everyone, and I hope to see you there!


Garth Smitman said...

Thank you for being there as an Option "B", even if that did mean sacrificing due to Location.

We at Indy are giving Indy Challenge a gradual make-over. You should see considerable changes in the next couple years.

See you Next Year!
(I/WSA FSC Treasurer)

Kelli Lawrence said...

Thank you Garth! I was able to connect with Lynn Rutherford at while I was there and she left with a copy of the book... much appreciated to have that opportunity!