The 2019 ISI Adult Championships headed to ICE at the Parks in Arlington, Texas, Oct. 12-13, for some Texas-size fun and friendly competition. Twenty-three rink teams from nine states (Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Oregon, South Dakota and Texas) participated, delivering 244 individual performances and 178 team performances for a total of 422 performances.
Arkansas Skatium, Little Rock, went home with the Erika Amundsen Trophy for accumulating the most overall team points, 319. Centennial Ice Rinks, Willmette, Ill., placed 2nd, with 162.5 points, and Ice Chalet, Knoxville, Tenn., claimed 3rd place, with 156.5 points.
“The 2019 ISI Adult Championships turned out to be a fabulous event, ” said ISI Skating Programs and National Events Director Kim Hansen. “Caroline Baker and her manager at ICE at the Parks went above and beyond for the competitors. The venue was excellent in that it is a mall rink and really gave the competition the energy and excitement that can be lacking in a stand-alone venue. As I told Caroline, this year, I really felt the adults appreciated the event again and had a great time. Hopefully, this excitement will feed the next event in Vegas and we will see even more participation!”
“ICE at the Parks loved hosting ISI Adult Championships,” said ICE at the Parks Skating Director Caroline Baker. “I have been to many of the ISI national events, but this was my first experience with the adult event. I met so many nice people from across the country. Many skaters from our rink and across the DFW Metro-plex said that they will make plans to attend another Adult Champs in the future. These are skaters that would not have normally experienced this event. It is great to see their love of ice skating and the ISI — there is no age limit. All seemed to have an enjoyable weekend of competition.”
Oldest Skaters: Larri Slippen, 82, StarCenter McKinney, Texas; George Scrasse, 81, Tampa Bay Skating Academy (TBSA) – Countryside, Clearwater, Fla.
Most Events: Sherry Dowlen, South Suburban Family Sports Center, Centennial, Colo. — 14 events
Largest Skating Team: ICE at the Parks, Arlington, Texas — 29 skaters
Team from Farthest Distance: Lloyd Center Ice, Portland, Ore. (1,620 miles)
The 2020 ISI Adult Championships is scheduled Oct. 9-11 at Las Vegas Ice Center.