Congratulations to the winners in our
Name that Celebrity Skater Contest
Thank you to all participating skaters!
We're proud to offer so many annual contests for our Club & LTS skaters! Be sure to stay on the look out for our next AAFSC Contest!
"My favorite skater is Alissa Czisny because of her athleticism and grace on the ice and her determination. She always gives her best. When I think of the "we get up" campaign, I immediately think of Alissa because she never gave up. She made me fall in love with skating."
Alissa Czisny is the 2009 and 2011 Ladies U.S. National Champion and the 2010 Grand Prix Final Champion.
Group III Winner
Correct Answers- 20
"My favorite celebrity skater is Jason Brown. I really love his split jump- he gets so high! Watching him compete is a lot of fun. I miss his long hair, though."
Jason Brown is the 2019 U.S. National Championships Bronze Medalist, six-time Grand Prix Medalist, the 2015 U.S. National Champion, and 2018 Four Continents Bronze Medalist.
Group II Winner
Correct Answers- 17
"My favorite skater is Alysa Liu. " She inspires me because she is young and little like me. She inspires me to try new things because she won nationals when she was only 13. I also like that she skates really fast like me!"
Alysa Liu is the 2019 U.S. National Champion and the 2018 U.S. Junior Champion. She is the youngest U.S. National Champion of all time. She is one of only four U.S. Ladies to land a triple axel in competition!
Group II Winner
Correct Answers- 17
"My favorite celebrity skater is Javier Fernandez. I like Javier because he makes skating fun and exciting. He inspires me to work harder."
Javier is the 2018 Olympic Bronze Medalist, a two-time World Champion, seven-time European Champion, and he is an eight-time Spanish National Champion.
Group I Winner
Correct Answers- 6
Thank you to all the participating skaters!! All of the submitted contest entries had at least 50% correct answers! This was a challenging contest, you should all be so proud!! #AAFSCproud #celebrityskaters
Find out the answers HERE!
Ryan Bradley is the 2011 U.S. National Champion and a three-time U.S. Collegiate Champion. He is most well-known for his daring back-flip, a move that has been outlawed in competitive skating due to its level of danger! Most recently, he performed in the 2019 Melody on Ice hosted by the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.
Alysa Liu is the 2019 U.S. National Champion, the 2018 U.S. Junior Champion, and the 2016 U.S. Intermediate Champion (as the youngest in all of these events!). Despite her success, she has been ineligible to compete at both the 2018 Junior World Championships and the 2019 World Championships due to her age. She is one of only four U.S. Ladies to land a triple axel in competition!
#3- Daniel Eaton & Danielle Thomas
Daniel Eaton & Danielle Thomas are the 2016 Midwestern Sectional Champions and the 2015 Lake Placid Ice Dance International Silver Medalists. Daniel also received the Gold Medal at the 2018 Midwestern Sectional Championships. He is currently training with Yura Min for the upcoming season. Daniel has recently been added to the Ann Arbor FSC Professional Staff and Learn to Skate Staff.
Michelle Kwan is a nine-time U.S. National Champion, a two-time Olympic Medalist, and a five-time World Champion. She is tied with Maribel Vinson (1928-1937) for the all-time National Championship record. Though she left competitive skating to focus on school and her career as an adviser to the Department of State, she has rekindled her love of skating through social media.
#5- Yasa Nechaeva & Yuri Chesnichenko
Yasa Nechaeva & Yuri Chesnichenko won the Silver Medal at the 1992 Junior World Championships. The following season, they won the Silver Medal at the Skate Canada International. In their professional career, they toured with the production of "The Phantom of the Opera on Ice", followed by Torvill and Deans "Ice Adventures" and later, In the U.S. they performed with the Ice Theater of New York. They have been coaching on the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club's Professional Staff for nearly 20 years.
Joshua Farris is the 2015 U.S. National Championships Bronze Medalist, the 2015 Four Continents Silver Medalist, the 2013 World Junior Champion, two-time Junior Grand Prix Final Medalist, and the 2010 U.S. National Junior Silver Medalist. He has won five Junior Grand Prix titles, as well as U.S. National titles on the Juvenile (2006), Intermediate (2008) and Novice level (2009).
Scott Hamilton won four consecutive U.S. National Championships (1981–84), four consecutive World Championships (1981–84), and the Gold Medal in the 1984 Olympics. Following his competitive career, he toured with the Ice Capades and then created his own "Scott Hamilton's American Tour", which was later renamed to "Stars on Ice". He is still heavily involved in Special Olympics and other charity works promoting care and inclusion for those with life-threatening illnesses.
#8- Kendra & Steven Pottenger
Kendra & Steven Pottenger skated competitively in both singles freestyle and pairs freestyle, partnering in 2007. Kendra later skated several seasons for Disney on Ice as the lead role in "Dare to Dream". Steven now coaches students of all competitive levels, as well as in the Ann Arbor FSC's Learn to Skate Program.
#9- Brandon Forsyth & Jessica Joseph
Brandon Forsyth & Jessica Joseph are the 2001 U.S. National Bronze Medalists and alternates to the 2002 Winter Olympics. Brandon also received the Silver Medal in both the 1999 & 2000 U.S Junior National Championships in Ice Dance. He is now a member of the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club's Professional Staff and the Adrian College Synchronized Skating Team.
#10- Jason Deveikis & Pauline Bynum
Jason Deveikis & Pauline Bynum were the 2015 Pacific Coast Sectionals Pewter Medalists and advanced to the 2015 U.S. National Championships. Jason has since been competing in Dramatic Showcase events held nationwide. He is a member of the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club's Professional Staff as well as the lead instructor for the AAFSC's Adult Skating Classes.
Todd Eldredge is the 1996 World Champion, a six-time U.S. National Champion, a three-time Olympic Competitors, and a six-time World Medalist. He landed his first quadruple jump in competition at the age of 29 at the Masters of Figure Skating event.
#12- Brooke Castile & Ben Okolski
Brooke Castile & Benjamin Okolski are 2007 U.S. National Pairs Champions,2007 Nebelhorn Trophy Champions, and the 2008 Four Continents Bronze Medalists. Brooke was born in Detroit, MI and Ben graduated from the University of Michigan.
Nathan Chen is the 2018 & 2019 World Champion, three-time U.S. National Champion, 2018 Winter Olympic Team Bronze Medalist, 2017 Four Continents Champion, and 2017 & 2018 Grand Prix Final Champion. He is hailed as the "Quad King" and currently attends Yale University amidst his training.
Peggy Fleming is the 1968 Olympic Champion, a three-time World Champion (1966–1968), and five-time U.S. National Champion (1964-1968).
Kimmie Meissner is the 2006 World Champion, the 2007 U.S. National Champion, and 2007 Four Continents Champion. She is the first American to simultaneously hold the World, Four Continents, and National Titles. She is one of only four U.S. Ladies to land a triple axel in competition!
Starr Andrews is the 2019 International Challenge Cup Silver Medalist and 2017 U.S. National Junior Silver Medalist. At the 2019 U.S. National Championships she skated a very beautiful program, received a standing ovation, and skated to a song of her own vocals!
Camden Pulkinen is the 2018 U.S. National Junior Champion and the 2017 Junior Grand Prix Final Silver Medalist. He is the current world record holder for the Junior Men's Short Program score, having received it at the 2019 World Junior Championships.
Paul Wylie is a three-time U.S. National Championships Silver Medalist, the 1981 Junior World Champion and 1981 Junior U.S. National Champion. He made the 1992 Olympic Team by 1/10th of a point and against all odds, earned the Olympic Silver Medal!
#19- Evan Bates & Madison Chock
Evan Bates & Madison Chock are the 2019 Four Continents Champions, 2019 U.S. National Championships Silver Medalists, two-time World Medalists, two-time Grand Prix Final Silver Medalists, and the 2015 U.S. National Champions. The two represented the United States at the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics. Evan Bates has been a proud life-long member of the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.