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ISI Winter Classic
The Robert Unger Trophy

Past Champions
 

ISI Winter Classic
The Robert Unger Trophy

OVERALL TEAM CHAMPIONS

1986 Centennial Ice Rinks Wilmette, IL
1987 Parade Ice Garden Minneapolis, MN
1988 Eddie Edgar Arena Livonia, MI
1989 Parade Ice Garden Minneapolis, MN
1990 Ice Capades Chalet Memphis, TN
1991 Glenview Ice Center Glenview, IL
1992 Glenview Ice Center Glenview, IL
1993 Glenview Ice Center Glenview, IL
1994 Centre Ice Countryside Mall Clearwater, FL
1995 Tri-Cities FSC Kennewick, WA
1996 Wilcoxen Iceplex Huntsville, AL
1997 St. Peters Rec-Plex St. Peters, MO
1998 Centre Ice Countryside, Inc. Clearwater, FL
1999 Centre Ice Countryside, Inc. Clearwater, FL
2000 Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex-Willowbrook Houston, TX
2001 Ice Center of San Jose San Jose, CA
2002 Canlan IceSports Chesapeake Chespeake, VA
2003 Disney ICE Anaheim, CA
2004 Tampa Bay Skating Academy – Parkside Pinellas Park, FL
2005 Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex-Willowbrook Houston, TX
2006 Southgate Civic Center Southgate, MI
2007 Ice Chalet Knoxville, TN
2008 Tampa Bay Skating Academy – Countryside Clearwater, FL
2009 PSA StarCenter Plano, TX
2010 Aliso Viejo Ice Palace Aliso 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

 

1981 Ice Capades Chalet-University Towne Center San Diego, CA
1982 The Woodlands Ice Skating Center Woodlands, TX
1983 The Woodlands Ice Skating Center Woodlands, TX
1984 Ice Capades Chalet-Prestonwood Dallas, TX
1985 Wayne Community Center Wayne, MI
1986 Stone Mountain Ice Chalet Stone Mountain, GAÂ
1987 Stone Mountain Ice Chalet Stone Mountain, GAÂ
1988 Ice Capades Chalet-Prestonwood Dallas, TX
1989 Downers Grove Ice Arena Downers Grove, IL
1990 Ice Capades Chalet-Galleria Houston Houston, TX
1991 Glenview Ice Center (tie) Glenview, ILÂ
1991 Skokie Skatium (tie) Skokie, IL
1992 Galleria Ice Skating Center Houston, TX
1993 Norwalk Ice Arena Norwalk, CA
1994 Oak Lawn Ice Arena Oak Lawn, IL
1995 Sharpstown Ice Center Houston, TX
1996 Ontario Ice Skating Center Ontario, CA
1997 Ontario Ice Skating Center Ontario, CA
1998 St Peters Rec-Plex St. Peters, MO
1999 Ontario Ice Skating Center Ontario, CA
2000 Plymouth Ice Arena Plymouth, MN
2001 The Chiller Dublin, OH
2002 Nashoba Valley Olympia Boxborough, MA
2003 Northbrook Sports Center Northbrook, IL
2004 SM Megamall Manila, Philippines
2005 Pasadena Ice Skating Center Pasadena, CA
2006 Nashoba Valley Olympia Boxborough, MA
2007 Franklin Park Ice Arena Franklin Park, IL
2008 South Suburban Ice Arena Centennial, CO
2009 Skatetown Roseville, CA
2010 Nashoba Valley Acton, MA
2011 Schwan Super Rink Blaine, MN
2012 Dr Pepper StarCenter McKinney, TX
2013 Ontario Ice Skating Center Ontario, CA
2014 Sharper Edge Skating School Concord, 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

1997 Diamond Edges St. Peters, MO
1998 Diamond Edges St. Peters, MO
1999 Sr. Dazzlers Downers Grove, IL
2000 Diamond Edges St. Peters, MO
2001 Diamond Edges St. Peters, MO
2002 Highsteppers Stillwater, MN
(tie)
Synchro Panache Minneapolis, MN
2003 Chicago Skates Chicago, IL
(tie)
Synchro Panache Minneapolis, MN
2004 Wisconsin Edge Milwaukee, WI
2005 Synchro Panache Minneapolis, MN
2006 Wisconsin Edge Milwaukee, WI
2007 Synchro Panache Minneapolis, MN
2008 Synchro Panache Minneapolis, MN
2009 St. Louis Synergy Webster 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

1999 Center Ice of Countryside Clearwater, FL
2000 Tampa Bay Skating Academy-Countryside Clearwater. FL
2001 Tampa Bay Skating Academy-Countryside Clearwater, FL
2002 Tampa Bay Skating Academy-Countryside Clearwater, FL
2003 Tampa Bay Skating Academy-Countryside Clearwater, FL
2004 Tampa Bay Skating Academy-Countryside Clearwater, FL
2005 Tampa Bay Skating Academy-Countryside Clearwater, FL
2006 Tampa Bay Skating Academy-Countryside Clearwater, FL
2007 Tampa Bay Skating Academy-Countryside Clearwater, FL
2008 Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center San Francisco, CA
2009 Tampa Bay Skating Academy-Countryside Clearwater, FL
2010 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, 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

 

2005 RDV Sportsplex Ice Den Orlando, FL
2006 South Suburban Ice Arena Centennial, CL
2007 Fredericksburg Ice Park Fredericksburg, VA
2008 Pickwick Ice Center Burbank, CA
2009 Tampa Bay Skating Academy – Countryside Clearwater, FL
2010 Franklin Park Ice Arena Chicago, IL
2011 Pickwick Ice Center Burbank, CA

ISI College Challenge

Champions
 

ISI College Challenge

OVERALL TEAM CHAMPIONS

 

1990 Ohio State University Columbus, OH
1991 Ohio State University Columbus, OH
1992 Miami University Oxford, OH
1993 Ohio State University Columbus, OH
1994 Miami University Oxford, OH
1995 Penn State University Philadelphia, PA

ISI Broomball Tournament

Champions
 

ISI Broomball Tournament

TEAM CHAMPIONS

 

1988 Mr. Bob’s – Breck IceCenter Golden Valley, MN
1989 Men’s Competitive – Mr. Bob’s Golden Valley, MN
Men’s Recreational – Four Seasons Springfield, IL
Co-Ed Recreational – First Courier Minneapolis, MN
1990 Men’s Competitive – Westwood Sports Minneapolis, MN
Co-Ed Recreational – Minnesota Flames Corcoran, MN

ISI Special Skater Championships

Champions
 

ISI Special Skater Championships

OVERALL TEAM CHAMPIONS

 

1990 Wayne Community Center Wayne, MI
1991 Wayne Community Center Wayne, MI
1992 Wayne Community Center Wayne, MI
1993 Wayne Community Center Wayne, 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!


Click HERE for current event information.

 

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