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2012 U.S. ADUL T FIGURE SKA TING CHAMPIONSHIPS


great job,” Delano said. Together, skater and coach decided to take


the pressure off the jumps. “I focused on the spins,” Delano said. “Hit- ting the position of the spiral, hitting to the beat of the music. I think I did that well.” But her jumps still played a huge role in


the winning performance, setting the tone of the program with a graceful Axel. “I love it that I only missed one of my jumps — the double Salchow,” she said. “Well, maybe two. I did a single in a combination near the end that should have been a double.” Galuszka appeared to be a woman on a mission, skating with only one person in mind: herself. A former competitive skater as a girl, she said she became burnt out after moving from Michigan to train in Colorado. After qualifying for the U.S. Junior Championships as an intermediate skater, she decid- ed to take a break — a 19-year break. “I got burnt out. It was very


Larry Holliday


overwhelming as a child,” she said. Five years ago, Galuszka


CHAMPIONSHIP MASTERS INTERMEDIATE-NOVICE LADIES by BARB REICHERT


After finishing fourth last year, Beth Delano needed a change: a new program, a new dress, and, most importantly, a new attitude. But if superstition has anything to do with


it, give credit to the dress. “Years ago, I had a pink dress,” Delano said.


“Last year I skated in that pink dress and had an OK skate. On the eve of this competition, some- one said to me, ‘Don’t wear the pink dress!’” Wearing an all-white dress that offset her


dark brown hair (tied up in a bun) and perform- ing to “Pas De Deux” from Te Nutcracker Suite. Delano looked light as a feather as she opened with a double flip followed by a double loop en route to claiming the gold medal. Delano, of the Philadelphia Skat-


ing Club, earned 43.04 points to lead the field. Stephanie Galuszka of the Dear-


born Figure Skating Club had a solid performance to take home the silver with 41.90 points. Club mate Emily Chase-Na- perkoski won the bronze medal with 38.62 points, while Avery Bandel of the Great Falls Figure Skating Club won the pewter medal with 37.65 points. Delano was quick to credit coach Lydia


Paley Hume, with whom she has trained for 12 years. Paley Hume beamed each time her skater hit an element. “When I come off the ice and I’m happy, and I see that she’s happy, then I know I did a


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started training with Cindy Ezzo and then returned to competition, but in the more relaxed environment of adult skating.


“I’m competitive in every aspect of my life and that shows in the


Beth Delano


(l-r) Davin Grindstaff, Larry Holliday, Grant Chien-Hao Huang, Michael Ferlic


PHOTO BY TERRYL LEE ALLEN


(l-r) Stephanie Galuszka, Beth Delano, Emily Chase-Naperkoski, Avery Bandel


PHOTO BY MATT PARAT


PHOTO BY MATT PARAT


PHOTO BY TERRYL LEE ALLEN


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