Melissa Gregory has made a career of podium performances. As an ice dancer with husband Denis Petukhov, Gregory won six medals at the U.S. Championships (2002-2007) and medaled at four international competitions: Skate America, Skate Canada, NHK Trophy and Nebelhorn Trophy.
Last month at the U.S. Olympic Assembly in Colorado Springs, Colo., she stood on a podium again, this time to accept the prestigious Rings of Gold award from the U.S. Olympic Committee for her work as the creator and director of Fever on Ice at Trinity College.“It is hard to put into words what this program has done for me,” Gregory said. “Denis and I had our own careers and we’re very fortunate to fulfill our goals of competing at the Olympics but how this program makes me feel is completely different. With this program, we are getting to give back to kids who are impressionable and who would have never had the opportunity to do these things. To see how it is essentially changing their lives, to see how they are becoming better students and they’re making better decisions is just so rewarding for me. It’s a feeling that is completely different from what my skating career gave me.”