Yovanny picked me up on the ice once, literally I mean, and skated around with me.
Michael Solonoski (IceWorks SC) shattered the U.S. Adult Championships scoring record, landing five triple jumps en route to a score of 91.62 and the gold medal in the championship masters junior-senior men's division.
"I tried to set the bar pretty high for myself," said Solonoski, who last competed in 2010. "I just wanted to give myself a good challenge and see what I was capable of pulling off."
Solonoski's only miscue came on fall while trying a triple Lutz early in his program to "Send in the Clowns," which he covered with his own voice.
"Unfortunately, I missed the Lutz but I was really happy that I came back strong and was able to focus and not make any more mistakes," he said.
The previous record score was 74.86 points.
A change of music and some late modifications to her program propelled Stephanie Roth (Jersey Coast FSC) to the title in the championship masters junior-senior ladies division.
Roth, who earned the bronze medal at the 2019 event with a score of 53.27, skated first in the field of 25 ladies and posted a personal-best score of 74.47.
Roth competed in a virtual competition leading up to the U.S. Adult Championships and took the feedback she received and fine-tuned her program, which was set to music from the Avengers soundtrack.
"I made a ton of changes and from that program to here, it [her score] went up 18 points so I got those scores on June 1st so the training I did over June was just getting comfortable with transitions, attacking the jumps. I feel this year my spins are better than ever," she said.
That has always been my approach. Many of my friends focus on attaining higher-level skills and gaining points from one competition to the next. I applaud their commitment. I enjoy interpreting music. That’s the beauty of Adultland. Different strokes.Everyone is different. IMO, wanting to have fun and compete a program for the love of skating is enough of a reason.
This February 2020 article is linked fom his IG profile:Very proud of this experience competing for the first time at Adult Nationals, and my first national competition in over 11 years. I wanted to set a high bar for myself and see what was possible if I worked hard. Cliché as it sounds, it wasn’t about winning or earning a score; this was for myself. I was chasing that feeling of being an athlete and hoping to have a memorable performance. I truly enjoyed the process and I am happy that the training showed up when it counted. Adult skating is a special place: a self-driven, just for-the-love-of-it kind of endeavor. It’s an inspiring group of people and I hope that more skaters decide to skate for life!
You seem to have many answers. I was not aware of olympic medalists skating at adult nationals before. It is of interest because it is not something I would expect to see. Perhaps I will get an answer on FSU. You do not get answers if you do not ask questions I have been told!
I think it’s hilarious that someone who has reached the pinnacle of achievement by reaching the Olympics or National titles has a desire to compete as an adult skater in the event you reached your pinnacle against those who are mostly recreational part time skaters. What motivates that? A love of skating or a need to still compete or a need to win? No one competes to lose! I also find it sad as it infers that being a high level professional coach is not fun enough nor fulfilling enough hence their need to continue to compete. I hope they get their fulfillment as clearly there is some big hole that needs to be filled. My opinion unless i’m not supposed to have one? Maybe I’ll start a thread on the rise in numbers of local hockey players vs figure skating due to the massive costs of figure skating ice, coaching and competitions and how USA skaters unlike other federations get minuscule funding.
I watched the Olympics. I remembered the name. Its not common. Google her and she hopes to compete internationally. Ironically the Top 4 teams men are all former elite level Ukrainian ice dancers. What fun? That’s serious competition aspirations. Rest of the flights didn’t have a chance. So fun right?
I used to skate with Pam who placed second in Championship Dance and she's been saying it's so nice to compete in the same group with former Olympic medalists and national medalists in singles (Barbora in Czechoslovakia). So at least half of the 'less medaled' team doesn't share your view.I’ve never met any of these skaters nor do I skate. Just seems like an odd desire to compete when these skaters have already competed at very high levels or the highest level. There is such little opportunity to begin with as an adult skater. Why take away their opportunity to achieve when you have attained so much already? Just doesn’t seem like it would be fun to be one of those other less medaled skaters.
"Adult-onset skaters" is a term I am going to try to use at least once a week from now on. I think I'll start with my doctor. That is hilariously apt.I know at least 1 team in that group are adult-onset skaters
Just for information the women skating pairs with the two ice dancers were age 60 and 54. I can understand them wanting competent skaters holding them up if pairs is their discipline of choice
"Achievement" is not just winning medals. An 81-year-old skater competed at Adult Nationals yesterday. I doubt that she feels she didn't "achieve" anything because she placed last in her category.
Another 81-year-old skater who competed at Nationals this year, Meredith Hall, was on the local news in Utah a few days ago:Photo posted yesterday by usadultskating's Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/p/CQjwsG-rh00/
Photo from Molly's Bronze Light Entertainment program - her hilarious performance as a “judge!”: https://www.instagram.com/p/CQjlJWorANG/The ultimate success in adult skating is continuing to be able to skate for life. Today, the Yvonne M. Dowlen Trophy was presented to our oldest Adult Championships competitor: 81-year-old Molly MacGowan. The trophy was presented by our youngest competitor, 21-year-old Alex Polega. We hope you enjoy this symbol of longevity and friendship in our sport.
Hall trained at the Broadmoor Skating Club when she was young and showed a man's sweater she has saved for 60 years on the news segment:At age 24, Meredith was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis and stopped skating. She had thymectomy and Prednisone for two years. Eventually, going to college and married in her early 30s, and raised her sons. She later became divorced.
Meredith became Professional Level Three Ski Instructor at the age of 62.
She made a return to the ice and was able to manage her disease. At the age of 78, she decided to try skating again after 55 years.
She competed in the 25th annual U.S. Adult Championships in Salt Lake City in 2019.
Mrs. Hall had admired a sweater of [Greg] Kelley’s and wanted to knit a copy. Nathalie [his older sister] offered it to her while the team headed to Prague, Czechoslovakia for the 1961 World Championships. On February 14th, Hall gave Kelley a ride home from the rink, Kelley sharing his plans for medical school upon return. Hall had planned to go along on the trip, which her parents nixed. She parted Kelley with a hug and, “See you when you come back!”