Courtesy Photo | JSC
                                The Juneau Skating Club took second place in the The Ice Sports Industry’s West Coast Skating Championships in Tacoma on Jan. 17-19.

Courtesy Photo | JSC The Juneau Skating Club took second place in the The Ice Sports Industry’s West Coast Skating Championships in Tacoma on Jan. 17-19.

Burning up the ice: Juneau Skating Club takes a big second down south

They competed against 14 other teams.

The Juneau Skating Club went south and won big during an international competition in January.

“Being so isolated here, the skaters don’t get to compete without other skaters very often,” JSC coach Leah Farzin said in a phone interview. “It was a pretty big competition only one flight away, so we jumped on it.”

The Ice Sports Industry’s West Coast Skating Championships were held in Tacoma on Jan. 17-19, and the JSC took second place in overall points. Scoring works like a track meet, Farzin said, where every event members place contribute to the overall points for the team.

“We brought so many kids that ended up getting second,” Farzin said.

Members of the JSC placed first in such events as synchronized skating. There were many events, Farzin said, often emphasizing different aspects of skating such as footwork, jumps, performances to music, or skating in sync with one or more other skaters.

“As a founder of the Juneau Skating Club and current Figure Skating Director, it gives me great joy to see how the club has developed in 16 years. I never imagined that our young club would place 2nd overall in a field of 15 established clubs competing at a national event,” Coach Pam Leary said in a press release. “I am beyond proud of the hard work our skaters have put into their practice. They competed with confidence and joy, and for me, that is the ultimate goal for our skaters.”

Members of the team, aged between 9 and 17, trained for months for their specific events, Farzin said. Farzin has helped coach the JSC since she moved here approximately four years ago.

“You’re always working on the fundamental skills,” Farzin said. “The best parts were hearing tons of JSC skaters cheering on every single one of their teammates during their individual and synchro events, supporting each other no matter how they placed. All our skaters, from the 9-year-olds to the adults, were great ambassadors for Juneau sports.”

The team’s next major event will be their annual spring show, scheduled for April 4 at Treadwell Arena. More information or signups for the JSC can be found on their website.

More in Sports

Israeli Olympic racewalker Shaul Ladany holds his 1972’s Olympic race shoes for a portrait in Omer, Israel, Sunday, July 12, 2020. In an instant, the world record holder in the 50-mile walk was thrust into one of sports’ greatest tragedies and a seminal moment in modern history _ the kidnapping and massacre of his fellow Israeli team members at the 1972 Munich Olympics. The killing shocked the world, gave the Palestinian cause an audience and ushered in a new era of global terrorism. Ladany, a Holocaust survivor, the lessons still linger. He says it taught him to “never be afraid” but become “more careful.”(AP Photo / Ariel Schalit)
Israeli racewalker recalls surviving 1972 Munich massacre

In an instant, he was thrust into one of sports’ greatest tragedies.

Linda Kruger approaches Father Brown’s Cross and the finish of the Juneau Trail and Road Runners Mount Roberts Tram Run on Mount Roberts Trail. The event sponsored annually by the Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway. (Courtesy Photo | Jeff Gnass)
Dozens participate in distanced Mount Roberts Trail run

Fastest time was just over 24 minutes.

Courtesy photo | Alexandra Razor 
                                Former members of the Juneau-Douglas High School: Kalé softball team will play an alumni game on Sunday to raise money for travel and equipment for the team.
JDHS softball team to hold alumni game

It might be the first alumni game held by the JDHS softball team.

Crimson Bears hold virtual awards ceremony

Coaches acknowledge hard work and dedication.

Micah Grigg, a Thunder Mountain High School graduate, will be swimming for Lenoir Rhyne University in North Carolina in the fall, signing with the school’s team this spring. (Courtesy photo | Micah Grigg)
Two members of Juneau’s swim club are college-bound

North Carolina and Fairbanks are a little further than a 1650-yard race away.

Thomas Waerner, of Norway, celebrates in Nome his win in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Waerner is still waiting to return to his home in Norway. Waerner and his 16 dogs have been stranded in Alaska by travel restrictions and flight cancellations caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Marc Lester | Anchorage Daily News via AP, File)
Virus strands Norway racer in Alaska after Iditarod win

Man and 16 dogs been stranded in Alaska by travel restrictions and flight cancellations.

Sosan Monsef hands off the baton to teammate Sadie Tuckwood during the 2018 Alaska Track and Field State Championships. (Courtesy Photo | For JDHS Track & Field)
JDHS track and field coaches bid farewell to seniors

The 2020 Track & Field season was looking to be one for the record books.

TMHS baseball coaches bid farewell to seniors

Unfortunately, these fine young men will never get to know what it… Continue reading

JDHS boys soccer coaches bid farewell to seniors

These seniors had a great run during their years playing soccer at JDHS.

TMHS softball coaches bid farewell to seniors

The Falcon softball team and coaching staff wishes the best to our five graduating seniors

JDHS baseball coaches bid farewell to seniors

We will never know how good we would have been. I do know that we would have worked hard all year