● ● ● ● ● ● Welcome City Ice Pavilion! Its skating program is now part of The Skating Club of New York! Check out the Master Schedule for freestyle sessions and the Skating School for private and group lessons. ● ● ● SCNY member Audrey Shin kicks off the 2017-18 season as US Figure Skating's junior ladies' representative at the Asian Open, August 2-5 in Hong Kong. Good luck, Audrey! ● ● ● Register online today for the 92nd Annual Middle Atlantic Figure Skating Championships, September 7-10 at Sky Rink! Singles and pairs skaters in USFS team envelopes are invited to COMPETE FOR FREE! ● ● ● The Sky Rink All Stars compete August 9-13 at the 2017 National Showcase Competition in Santa Rosa, California. Good luck, Sky Rink All Stars! ● ● ● Chloe Lewis (All Year FSC) and Logan Bye (SCNY) begin the 2017-18 Junior Grand Prix season in Brisbane, Australia August 24-26. Good luck, Chloe and Logan! ● ● ● Click here to join SCNY or renew your membership for the 2017-18 season! ● ● ● Congratulations TEAM USA on winning BRONZE at the 2017 World Team Trophy competition April 20-22 in Tokyo, Japan. Ashley Cain (SCNY) and Timothy LeDuc (LAFSC, associate SCNY) represented the United States in pairs. ● ● ● Congratulations to our 2017 U.S. Adult Figure Skating participants and medalists: Anna Drozda (BRONZE in Adult Gold Ladies I and Championship Adult Gold Ladies); Kenneth Yin (BRONZE in Championship Adult Gold Men); Mayumi Yamamoto (SILVER in Adult Gold Ladies IV); Stephanie Hao (competed in Adult Silver Ladies I and DE I); Tracey Rhodes (Adult Silver Ladies III and LE III); Rosemarie Coyle (5th in Master Int-Nov Ladies III); and Tara O'Neil (Masters Int-Nov Ladies I). ● ● ● Congratulations Maia and Alex Shibutani - 2017 ISU World Ice Dancing BRONZE medalists! ● ● ● Congratulations Christina Carreira (SCNY) and Anthony Ponomarenko (SCSF) - BRONZE medalists at the 2017 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei! We are so proud of you! ● ● ● Congratulations Skyliners Junior on placing second in the free skate and fourth overall at the 2017 ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships in Mississauga, Ontario! ● ● ● Congratulations Skyliners Junior, Skyliners Novice, Skyliners Intermediate and Skyliners Juvenile - 2017 US Synchronized Skating National Champions! ● ● ● Congratulation Skyliners Senior - 2017, 2016 and 2015 US Synchronized Skating Senior bronze medalists! ● ● ● Congratulations Maia and Alex Shibutani on winning SILVER at the 2017 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Gangneung, South Korea! ● ● ● Congratulations Skyliners Senior on winning the 2017 ISU Zagreb Snowflake Trophy! ● ● ● Congratulations Skyliners Junior on winning the 2017 USFS World Team Selection Event in Simsbury, CT. ● ● ● Congratulations Skyliners Junior on winning BRONZE at the 23rd Annual ISU French Cup in Rouen! ● ● ● Congratulations Isabella Tobias (SCNY) and Ilia Tkachenko on placing fourth at the 2017 European Figure Skating Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic! Congratulations Nicole Rajicova (SCNY) on placing sixth in the ladies' event! ● ● ● Congratulations Maia and Alex Shibutani - two-time US Figure Skating GOLD medalists in senior dance! ● ● ● Congratulations senior pairs Haven Denney (SCNY) and Brandon Frazier (All Year FSC) and Ashley Cain (SCNY) and Timothy LeDuc (LAFSC) on winning GOLD and BRONZE, respectively, at the 2017 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Kansas City, Missouri! ● ● ● Congratulations to our two-time US Figure Skating senior men's PEWTER medalist, Grant Hochstein! ● ● ● Congratulations junior ice dancers Christina Carreira (SCNY) and Anthony Ponomarenko (SCSF) and Chloe Lewis (All Year FSC) and Logan Bye (SCNY), the 2017 US Figure Skating National SILVER and PEWTER medalists! ● ● ● Congratulations associate SCNY member Emilia Murdock (SC Boston) on winning her second SILVER medal at Nationals, this time in intermediate ladies! ● ● ● Congratulations Skyliners Senior on winning BRONZE at the 2017 ISU Mozart Cup in Salzburg, Austria! Go Team USA! ● ● ● Congratulations Skyliners Junior on winning GOLD at the ISU Cup of Berlin Synchronized Skating Championships in Germany! ● ● ● Congratulations Alexander Gamelin (SCNY) and Yura Min, 2017 South Korean national champions! ● ● ● ● ● ●

Sunday, May 21 at 10:30 am — Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers

Dear SCNY members and families,

Celebrate the 2016-17 season with good friends and club officials!

Bid farewell to members graduating from high school and congratulate those who passed a gold test this year!

Share delicious food, drink, and views of the Hudson River!

New this year! The exhibition will include a group number celebrating our 2017 regional competitors during which each skater is announced and featured in a step-out. If you are interested in participating, please contact Stacie Krinsky.
Exhibition of SCNY Skaters: 10:30 AMFamily B-B-Q on Sunset Terrace: Noon
  • International and National skaters
  • Group numbers from our associated rinks:
    Sky Rink, Sport-O-Rama, Dix Hills, The Rinx, Wollman and Northwell Twin Rinks
  • Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Grilled Chicken, Salads and more!
  • Beer, Wine and Soft Drinks
  • Exhibition FREE for Members and their Guests
  • $20 for Adults and $15 for under 18 in advance by Tuesday, May 16th
  • $25 for Adults and $20 for under 18 after May 16th and at the door.
  • Children under age 4 free
 
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The twenty-third annual U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships concluded Saturday, April 22nd in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Seven skaters attended from the Skating Club of New York, competing in ten events, winning medals in four. Congratulations, all adult skaters!

Skater Event Medal
Anna Drozda Championship Gold Ladies Bronze
Kenneth Yin Championship Gold Men Bronze
Anna Drozda Adult Ladies Gold 1 Bronze
Mayumi Yamamoto Adult Ladies Gold IV Silver
Narrowly missing the podium were fellow SCNY members Rosemarie Coyle, Stephanie Hao, Tracey Rhodes and Tara O'Neil.

[…]this story does not end with her winning any championship medals. It doesn’t have to. In fact, this story does not end at all. Because Susan is still figure skating several mornings a week – simply because skating is still the best way for her to unfold a certain beauty and transcendence within her life that she cannot seem to access in any other manner.

– Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear (Riverhead Books 2016)

My Yahoo Story: Susan Kittenplan

By Susan Kittenplan, Editorial VP, Yahoo! Inc. and President, The Skating Club of New York

A friend of mine, the writer Elizabeth Gilbert, called me a few years ago to ask if I would participate in a chapter of a new book. “Do you want me to edit a specific chapter?” I asked, since I worked closely with her as an editor at both GQ and Allure, and had assigned her essay that led to her book Eat, Pray, Love. “No,” she said. “I am writing a book about people changing their lives and taking risks, and I want to write about you and figure skating.”

Getting back on the ice after 20+ years didn’t feel like a big hurdle. It’s not exactly like climbing K2 or overcoming a stutter. It’s not even in the realm of risk Liz took when she left everything and traveled the world for a year to write her bestseller. Actually, I was a little embarrassed that people might laugh at this so-called challenge.

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I started skating when I was five years old and competed until I was 16. I loved it, but was tired of the early-morning practices, hated doing patch (figure eights), and knew that I was not headed to Nationals, let alone any Olympics. So I gave it up and thought I was done with the sport. However, returning to the ice has been cathartic and life-changing in ways I couldn’t have expected – both personally and professionally.

If you ever see me walking into the New York office on a Tuesday or Friday morning with a huge smile on my face, it’s because I have just come from the rink. I love the feeling of gliding and flying that I get from skating. As soon as my blades touch the ice, I instantly feel better. I also love the camaraderie of skaters with whom I share the ice – from ages 9 to 90. Seriously, there is a judge who is 90 years old who skates regularly, as well as a Nobel Prize winner in physics. Figure skating can seem effortless and elegant, but it takes tremendous strength, agility, and frankly, some acting ability to be a skater. And being a media executive takes some of those same skills as well.

I spent most of my media career at Condé Nast working at Vanity Fair, GQ, Glamour and Allure. But during my time as an editor at Harper’s Bazaar, I remembered that the Hearst offices were located near a skating shop in midtown Manhattan where I bought my ice skates as a little girl. One day, I stopped in after work and bought a far-too-expensive pair. Still, I couldn’t get myself to the rink. It seemed daunting. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to skate at all. It may sound clichéd, but after 9/11 happened, I thought I needed to do something I loved, something that would get me out of my head, something that would get me moving. Those sentiments finally got me to Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers, where I met my coach and my ice dance partner a few weeks later, and started to skate regularly.

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Getting back on the ice has made me less afraid of facing challenges. My return to skating as an adult, especially as an ice dancer, emphasizes strategy and teamwork. It’s impossible for me to think about work or anything else when I skate. Ice dancing requires a great deal of focus; I have to be in the moment and be aware of the space around me. There is no room for my mind to wander because I could trip, fall, and hurt myself and my partner or coach.

Skating also helped with goal setting. Just like those we set at Yahoo, I want to pass different test levels in ice dancing. I have been working on my pre-silver ice dances for a while; I keep failing the test for a dance called the European Waltz. I’m determined to pass – even if I have to wear down those judges and test every month until they get sick of me.

It is important to find your passion, something that makes you get up too early, stay up too late, search online for any story on the topic and feel giddy when you find kindred spirits who are also obsessed with your passion. Passion can be used as a form of what I call “Positive Procrastination.” You know how sometimes it helps to put one story or project aside and work on another? That is Positive Procrastination – distraction in a good way. Skating also brings me stress relief. It feels as if my brain completely switches to another frequency.

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I believe my passion makes me better at my job. When I skate before work, I come to the office with a clear head. Skating has pushed me to face certain fears, such as stage fright or speaking in public – something I have to do more at Yahoo than I have ever done before. Also, it has allowed me to become more flexible and understanding. Working with a partner requires that you do your best to not let the other person down, but it also helps you to understand that mistakes can happen no matter how much you have prepared (all good lessons that can be applied to any job). Ultimately, my passion for skating has taught me to bring grace and resilience to both the ice and the office. And there’s that whole “You fall, then you get back up” metaphor. Trite but true.

Ultimately, I said yes to Liz, and she did include me in her book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, writing about my skating as only she can:

“[…]this story does not end with her winning any championship medals. It doesn’t have to. In fact, this story does not end at all. Because Susan is still figure skating several mornings a week – simply because skating is still the best way for her to unfold a certain beauty and transcendence within her life that she cannot seem to access in any other manner.

And she would like to spend as much time as possible in such a state of transcendence while she is still here on earth. That’s all. That’s what I call creative living.”

It is creative living that I have also found at Yahoo. I hope you find your passion and that it inspires you both in your work and, most importantly, in your life.

This article is republished with the permission of Yahoo! Inc.

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