Youngstown Skate hosts all-day spring skating contest for athletes throughout the nation

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Skaters ages 5 to 75 will compete in dance, figure skating, freestyle, and couple competitions

by: Desirae Gostlin

Posted: Mar 21, 2021 / 8:31 AM EDT
Updated: March 21, 2021 / 9:15 AM EDT

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) –– Figure skaters are laced in their roller skates and ready to turn around Youngstown Skate Sunday morning.

They take part in the annual indoor spring competition, which takes place all day from 6:00 a.m. The opening ceremonies take place at 7:30 am

Skaters ages 5 to 75 will compete in dance, figure skating, freestyle, and couple competitions.

They demonstrate basic figures that form the basis of all artistic roller skating and ice skating by following the circles outlined on the floor.

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Competitive skaters come from Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Viewers can come out and watch until 6:30 p.m. for a fee of $ 5.

“These skaters are preparing for our national competition, which will be held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in July,” said Renee Kitts, Ohio Figure Skating League member. “This is the experience our skaters have before the judges skate out there so they can become more familiar with the process.”

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Kitts said the national competition will be a little different this year. In a traditional season, skaters competed in a regional competition in the Great Lakes.

“Due to the circumstances this year when only some of the rinks are open in certain parts of the country, we are holding an open national competition,” said Kitts. “They allow anyone who can compete to go to the open nationals.”

Kitts stated that normally only the top three skaters in each category in the regional competitions would be able to move on to the national competition.

“Everything you see on ice, we do on ice skates,” said Kitts. “The skaters will be doing freestyle where they all do jumps and turns.”