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ISI Winter Classic
The Robert Unger Trophy

Past Champions
 

ISI Winter Classic
The Robert Unger Trophy

OVERALL TEAM CHAMPIONS

1986Centennial Ice RinksWilmette, IL
1987Parade Ice GardenMinneapolis, MN
1988Eddie Edgar ArenaLivonia, MI
1989Parade Ice GardenMinneapolis, MN
1990Ice Capades ChaletMemphis, TN
1991Glenview Ice CenterGlenview, IL
1992Glenview Ice CenterGlenview, IL
1993Glenview Ice CenterGlenview, IL
1994Centre Ice Countryside MallClearwater, FL
1995Tri-Cities FSCKennewick, WA
1996Wilcoxen IceplexHuntsville, AL
1997St. Peters Rec-PlexSt. Peters, MO
1998Centre Ice Countryside, Inc.Clearwater, FL
1999Centre Ice Countryside, Inc.Clearwater, FL
2000Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex-WillowbrookHouston, TX
2001Ice Center of San JoseSan Jose, CA
2002Canlan IceSports ChesapeakeChespeake, VA
2003Disney ICEAnaheim, CA
2004Tampa Bay Skating Academy – ParksidePinellas Park, FL
2005Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex-WillowbrookHouston, TX
2006Southgate Civic CenterSouthgate, MI
2007Ice ChaletKnoxville, TN
2008Tampa Bay Skating Academy – CountrysideClearwater, FL
2009PSA StarCenterPlano, TX
2010Aliso Viejo Ice PalaceAliso Viejo, CA

Where It All Began…

Our ISI recreational competitions began as a small in-house event at the Robert Unger School of Ice Skating in 1969. These events continue to grow across the country — and even around the world, in Asia and the Middle East!

“The first competition had practically no rules, except good sportsmanship, ethics and the attitude, ‘This is not the last day of your life.’ I remember giving seminars on sportsmanship and team spirit,” recalled Mr. Robert Unger, also known as “the father of ISI competitions.” “People would be concerned that I did not cover technical questions. My attitude was that all the questions or arguments could be solved in the spirit of friendship.”

In 2009, Robert Unger skaters celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Mississippi Valley Competition. Skaters returned to Knoxville, TN, to share memories of all their past competitions. Many of these same skaters continue to be very active in ISI today as skating directors and coaches.

The history of recreational competitions continues to grow as each new generation participates in ISI’s innovative programs. The Robert Unger philosophy of “something for everyone” is certainly shared by ISI. New events such as Creative Figures and Free Dance have been developed and introduced at the Mississippi Valley competition.

The local, regional, district and national competitions that each of you enjoy continue to have a very bright future, thanks to the pioneering work of Robert Unger. Although Mr. Unger passed away in 2007, we remember his lasting contribution by presenting our annual Winter Classic Overall Team Champion trophy in his honor.

ISI World Recreational Team Championships
The Michael Booker Trophy

Past Champions
 

ISI World Recreational Team Championships
The Michael Booker Trophy

OVERALL TEAM CHAMPIONS

 

1981Ice Capades Chalet-University Towne CenterSan Diego, CA
1982The Woodlands Ice Skating CenterWoodlands, TX
1983The Woodlands Ice Skating CenterWoodlands, TX
1984Ice Capades Chalet-PrestonwoodDallas, TX
1985Wayne Community CenterWayne, MI
1986Stone Mountain Ice ChaletStone Mountain, GAÂ
1987Stone Mountain Ice ChaletStone Mountain, GAÂ
1988Ice Capades Chalet-PrestonwoodDallas, TX
1989Downers Grove Ice ArenaDowners Grove, IL
1990Ice Capades Chalet-Galleria HoustonHouston, TX
1991Glenview Ice Center (tie)Glenview, ILÂ
1991Skokie Skatium (tie)Skokie, IL
1992Galleria Ice Skating CenterHouston, TX
1993Norwalk Ice ArenaNorwalk, CA
1994Oak Lawn Ice ArenaOak Lawn, IL
1995Sharpstown Ice CenterHouston, TX
1996Ontario Ice Skating CenterOntario, CA
1997Ontario Ice Skating CenterOntario, CA
1998St Peters Rec-PlexSt. Peters, MO
1999Ontario Ice Skating CenterOntario, CA
2000Plymouth Ice ArenaPlymouth, MN
2001The ChillerDublin, OH
2002Nashoba Valley OlympiaBoxborough, MA
2003Northbrook Sports CenterNorthbrook, IL
2004SM MegamallManila, Philippines
2005Pasadena Ice Skating CenterPasadena, CA
2006Nashoba Valley OlympiaBoxborough, MA
2007Franklin Park Ice ArenaFranklin Park, IL
2008South Suburban Ice ArenaCentennial, CO
2009SkatetownRoseville, CA
2010Nashoba ValleyÂActon, MA
2011Schwan Super RinkBlaine, MN
2012Dr Pepper StarCenterMcKinney, TX
2013Ontario Ice Skating CenterOntario, CA
2014Sharper Edge Skating SchoolConcord, MA

The Michael Booker Trophy is awarded to the team that accumulates the most overall team points at the annual ISI World Recreational Team Championships.

A native of London, Mr. Booker was England ’s youngest men’s figure skating champion, a title he won six times (1952-57). He captured gold in figures, free skating, dance and pairs, and took second place in the European Championships, fifth in Worlds and sixth in the 1965 Winter Olympic Games.

His career included a variety of business successes, including serving as vice president of the Ice Capades Chalet division, which had five rinks when he arrived. Over the course of his tenure, Ice Capades operated more than two dozen facilities. His last assignment with the company involved working with Donald Trump and the city of New York to refurbish and open Wollman Rink in Central Park .

Mr. Booker was introduced to ISI when he was invited to be a speaker at the 1968 ISI conference in Chicago . He went on to serve as ISI president from 1979 to 1985. Under his leadership, ISI launched its World Recreational Team Championships; the first male and female Freestyle 10 tests were passed; ISI’s first international recreational team appeared in Dubai ; and the ISI Lifetime Achievement Award was established.

A champion skater who knew how to make his students feel like champions, Mr. Booker was named ISI Man of the Year in 1984, elected to the ISI Ice Skating Hall of Fame in 1991 and earned the ISI Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993.

Retired and residing primarily on the island of Mallorca, Spain, with his wife, Fiona, Mr. Booker remains a familiar face at major ISI events.

ISI Synchronized Skating Championships
The Boyd Wietecter Trophy

Past Champions
 

ISI Synchronized Skating Championships
The Boyd Wietecter Trophy

TEEN PREMIER CHAMPIONS

1997Diamond EdgesSt. Peters, MO
1998Diamond EdgesSt. Peters, MO
1999Sr. DazzlersDowners Grove, IL
2000Diamond EdgesSt. Peters, MO
2001Diamond EdgesSt. Peters, MO
2002HighsteppersStillwater, MN
(tie)
Synchro PanacheMinneapolis, MN
2003Chicago SkatesChicago, IL
(tie)
Synchro PanacheMinneapolis, MN
2004Wisconsin EdgeMilwaukee, WI
2005Synchro PanacheMinneapolis, MN
2006Wisconsin EdgeMilwaukee, WI
2007Synchro PanacheMinneapolis, MN
2008Synchro PanacheMinneapolis, MN
2009St. Louis SynergyWebster Groves, MO

The Boyd Wietecter Trophy is awarded to the team that wins the Teen Premier Round at the annual ISI Synchronized Skating Championships.

Known as “The Voice of ISI,” Boyd Wietecter (1939-2008) believed in the joys of recreational ice skating.

He demonstrated his commitment to the ice arena industry and its patrons by serving and representing ISI both behind the scenes and on the scene for more than 30 years. He was a familiar, welcoming presence at national competitions, where his reassuring voice, seamless transitions and calming influence made him a sought-after event announcer.

Mr. Wietecter was elected to the ISI Board of Directors as District 9 representative in 1979, vice president in 1985 and to two terms as president beginning in 1993. He was a founder and the first president of the ISIA Education Foundation, which awarded its first scholarships in 1990.

His countless contributions were recognized with ISI’s Man of the Year, Great Skate and ISI Lifetime Achievement awards. He was named to the ISI Hall of Fame in 2002, the year of his retirement, after 35 years of full-time employment with St. Louis County Parks, including 26 years as director of the Wayne C. Kennedy Complex.

ISI Adult Championships
The Erika Amundsen Trophy

Past Champions
 

ISI Adult Championships
The Erika Amundsen Trophy

OVERALL TEAM CHAMPIONS

1999Center Ice of CountrysideClearwater, FL
2000Tampa Bay Skating Academy-CountrysideClearwater. FL
2001Tampa Bay Skating Academy-CountrysideClearwater, FL
2002Tampa Bay Skating Academy-CountrysideClearwater, FL
2003Tampa Bay Skating Academy-CountrysideClearwater, FL
2004Tampa Bay Skating Academy-CountrysideClearwater, FL
2005Tampa Bay Skating Academy-CountrysideClearwater, FL
2006Tampa Bay Skating Academy-CountrysideClearwater, FL
2007Tampa Bay Skating Academy-CountrysideClearwater, FL
2008Yerba Buena Ice Skating CenterSan Francisco, CA
2009Tampa Bay Skating Academy-CountrysideClearwater, FL
2010Sacred Heart UniversityFairfield, CT

The Erika Amundsen Trophy is awarded to the team that accumulates the most overall team points in the ISI Adult Championships.

A coaching legend who touched the lives of generations of skaters and coaches, Erika Amundsen (1925-2005) was a passionate ambassador for the ISI and put adult recreational skating on the map.

Mrs. Amundsen began skating at age 5 in her native Germany , training in the Alps each winter and participating in competitions by the age of 8. A student of ballet and modern dance, she competed in singles and ice dancing events, advancing to state champion status and qualifying for the German Nationals before World War II put a hold on the competitions and canceled the 1940 and 1944 Olympics.

Everywhere she lived, Mrs. Amundsen kept ice skating in her life and shared it with others. She taught skating in Tokyo, launched her first skating school in Louisville, KY, and started the first ISI school in Hong Kong after befriending a Chinese coach at an ISI conference.

Along with another ISI legend, Robert Unger, Mrs. Amundsen pioneered and helped write the book on team recreational skating. She formed and coached several award-winning adult teams — the Sophisti-Skates, Moms on Ice and Tropical Spice on Ice — and will always be remembered as the mother of the ISI Adult Championships event.

A longtime ISI board member, Mrs. Amundsen was honored in 1997 as the ISI Woman of the Year. The Institute also has created a special award in her name, recognizing individuals who have had a significant and lasting impact on ISI programs and activities.

ISI Artistic Challenge

Past Champions
 

2005 Artistic Challenge
Results

OVERALL TEAM CHAMPIONS

 

2005RDV Sportsplex Ice DenOrlando, FL
2006South Suburban Ice ArenaCentennial, CL
2007Fredericksburg Ice ParkFredericksburg, VA
2008Pickwick Ice CenterBurbank, CA
2009Tampa Bay Skating Academy – CountrysideClearwater, FL
2010Franklin Park Ice ArenaChicago, IL
2011Pickwick Ice CenterBurbank, CA

ISI College Challenge

Champions
 

ISI College Challenge

OVERALL TEAM CHAMPIONS

 

1990Ohio State UniversityColumbus, OH
1991Ohio State UniversityColumbus, OH
1992Miami UniversityOxford, OH
1993Ohio State UniversityColumbus, OH
1994Miami UniversityOxford, OH
1995Penn State UniversityPhiladelphia, PA

ISI Broomball Tournament

Champions
 

ISI Broomball Tournament

TEAM CHAMPIONS

 

1988Mr. Bob’s – Breck IceCenterGolden Valley, MN
1989Men’s Competitive – Mr. Bob’sGolden Valley, MN
Men’s Recreational – Four SeasonsSpringfield, IL
Co-Ed Recreational – First CourierMinneapolis, MN
1990Men’s Competitive – Westwood SportsMinneapolis, MN
Co-Ed Recreational – Minnesota FlamesCorcoran, MN

ISI Special Skater Championships

Champions
 

ISI Special Skater Championships

OVERALL TEAM CHAMPIONS

 

1990Wayne Community CenterWayne, MI
1991Wayne Community CenterWayne, MI
1992Wayne Community CenterWayne, MI
1993Wayne Community CenterWayne, MI

ISI 50th Anniversary Competition

Champions

50th ANNIVERSARY SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2009

MAY 23-25, 2009

RDV SPORTSPLEX – Tel: 407 916 2550
8701 Maitland Summit Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32810

Entry & Test Deadline: March 1

This is a special one-time event to celebrate ISI’s 50th anniversary. Join us for this special competition and be a part of ISI history!

Orlando is the perfect place for ISI’s 50th Anniversary celebration – the area hosts nearly 50 million visitors every year! And no wonder: it’s the place for pure fun and fantasy and packed with the nation’s greatest theme parks. Meet a fairytale princess or a superhero. Splash with a beluga whale. Be an astronaut for a day. And skate with us at the world-class RDV Sportsplex – home of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

We’ll be making our own magic – on ice! ISI skaters of all ages and abilities are welcome and everyone will receive a commemorative 50th anniversary medal!

Watch this website for more event details as they become available. Plan now for a memorable event on Memorial Day Weekend in 2009!


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