An exhibition of competitive programs by the top skaters in the area
as they prepare to go for the gold at the Regional Championships in October.
October 2, 2016
Brentwood Ice Arena
2505 S. Brentwood Blvd.
Sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating #56548
Adults $10, Children (12 and under) $5
Tickets available at the door.
The National Hopeful Figure Skaters Exhibition was initiated by Karen Kister, president of the St. Louis Skating Club in 2003. That year, the club had only a few lower-level skaters who were going to regionals, and so she decided to open up the club’s annual exhibition to all the clubs in the area. She also decided to invite national contender Matt Savoie, from the Illinois Valley Figure Skating Club, who was recovering from an injury and needed to do a program run-through. When he accepted, the plans became even more ambitious. We also invited pairs skater John Coughlin from Kansas City.
Over the years, we have been privileged to see performances by up-and-comers such as McKinzie Daniels, Molly and Nathan Raymond, Lauri Bonacorsi and Jonathan Cohn, as well as champions such as Ryan Jahnke and Rohene Ward.
Our exhibition has a good track record in sending off skaters on the right foot. Local standouts Debbie Knubley and Kelsey Drewel (now Himmel) qualified for nationals while representing the St. Louis Skating Club. Matt Savoie, who had a history of near misses, finally made the 2006 Olympic team after taking part in our exhibition in the fall. John Coughlin went on to win the 2011 and 2012 U.S. championships. Brandon Mroz performed his Novice Long program in that very first exhibition in 2003. He won the silver medal in the U.S. championships in 2009 and two years later landed the first-ever quad lutz in a sanctioned competition.
Carrying on the tradition begun 13 years ago, this year's exhibition will be run as a benefit by splitting any profits with the skaters.
Susan Brownell, Exhibition Chair