Speed Skating exhibit, figures, & more


Hello everyone, Happy Spring! It might not feel like it (it snowed in Lake Placid a few days ago) it is indeed midway through May. I am keeping busy with work, writing, traveling, and trying to keep active. May is tough for me because the oval has been melted for months, …

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World Figure Championship & other news

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World Figure Championship creates new skating discipline in Lake Placid Wow, what a busy and exhilarating weekend! I have been busy the past few months with writing projects and serving as the media manager for the World Figure Championship (I wrote many articles and managed the event’s official Facebook page). It was …

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Denney and Coughlin skate in Lake Placid & other news

2012 US National Pairs Champions and World Competitors Denney and Coughlin perform in Lake Placid’s Saturday Night Ice Show August 15th’s Saturday Night Ice Show starred Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, who recently announced their retirement from competitive figure skating–and they have quite a professional career ahead of them! You …

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Help Support the World Figure Championship & Figure Festival!

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Hi everyone, There is only a week left to support the World Figure Championship & Figure Festival on Indiegogo. Now’s the time to take advantage of some great perks, help support the event, and be a part of creating ” new skating history”. What is the World Figure Championship? The …

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Litz Demonstrates Artistry on and off the Ice (Article)

Tommy Litz butterfly large photo

Tommy Litz to join illustrious judging panel and coaching staff at the Inaugural 2015 World Figure Championship & Figure Festival later this month. Here’s my second article in the Lake Placid News this week, about elite skater, coach, and artist Tommy Litz. He is also serving as a judge at the World …

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Exclusive Interview with 1972 Olympic Champion Trixi Schuba

Trixi Schuba with medals & dog

Lake Placid Skater Note: This exclusive interview with Trixi Schuba has been condensed and clarified for ease of reading…the interview was conducted by Karen Courtland Kelly at the request of Christie Sausa, for use as quotes for Sausa’s Lake Placid News article (found here). “Lake Placid Skater notes” (in italics) …

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Don Jackson joins illustrious judging panel (Article)

Don Jackson, known for his jumping ability, leaps over a maple leaf. (Photo Courtesy of Don Jackson)

Hi Everyone, Here’s my article about Canadian skating legend Don Jackson, who is judging at the World Figure Championship this August. I remember meeting Mr. Jackson and seeing him skate in a summer ice show in 2002, where the audience gave him a standing ovation in response to his technically challenging …

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Results posted for LP Summer Figure Skating Championships

Alaine Chartrand competes in last year's competition (photo by Christie Sausa/Lake Placid Skater)

Hi everyone, I received some inquiries about this, so posting the newly released results for the Lake Placid Summer Figure Skating Championships. HERE’S THE LINK.  The Ice Dance Championships is here this week, for more info visit the event page. The event includes an international portion this year. Of course, …

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Trixi Schuba Article Posted!


Hi everyone, Check out my article about 1972 Olympic Gold Medalist and figure skating legend Trixi Schuba!  Watch for the full transcription of the interview, coming soon! Best, Christie     Share

Exclusive Full Interview with Janet Lynn

Photographer Unknown. Courtesy of Janet Lynn Archives. Photo 1972. All
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Janet Lynn is widely considered to be one of the best figure skaters of all time. Her graceful and joyful style has been an inspiration for skaters of all ages, and now she is coming to Lake Placid to judge in the World Figure Championship on August 28 and 29. …

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