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Flatt’s image featured in Gateway to ‘Olympic Dreams’ Rachael Flatt walked through


the Colorado Springs Airport count- less times in the decade she lived and trained in the city. And although she now lives in Palo Alto, Calif., on the Stan- ford campus, Flatt’s presence in Colora- do Springs will live on. Flatt is among several Olympians


and Paralympians featured on the air- port’s U.S. Olympic Committee Gateway installation. The $260,000 piece of art, which hangs above the escalator lead- ing to ground level, greets all who walk under the phrase “Where U.S. Olympic Dreams Take Flight.” Flatt was the featured guest at a


May 3 dedication, attended by officials from the USOC, City Council and Axio De- sign. She was introduced by her former coach, Becky Calvin, who shared remarks from Flatt’s longtime coach, Tom Zakra- jsek.


“Rachael Flatt exemplifies what it means to be an Olympian,” Zakrajsek said


in written comments. “She loves figure skating, loves a challenge, sets ambitious goals and works hard for them every day and in every way. … Rachael, in my 23 years of coaching, there hasn’t been any- one as extraordinary as you are and con- tinue to be.” Before a full array of media, Flatt


credited many local entities for help- ing contribute to her success as a U.S. champion and 2010 Olympian. “Looking up at this installation,” she


said from the lectern, “I am so honored to be among the Olympians and Paralym- pians featured. Knowing this beautiful piece of artwork will greet countless vis- itors and inspire future Olympians and Paralympians is truly a humbling experi- ence.”


Colorado Springs is home to the


U.S. Olympic Committee, Olympic Train- ing Center, U.S. Figure Skating and 21 other national governing bodies. — Barb Reichert


A 10-foot-tall photo of Rachael Flatt is featured in a major Colorado Springs Airport installation. The 2010 U.S. champion autographed the piece before it was lifted back into place 50 feet above the airport floor.


Tickets now on sale for Skate America All-event tickets are now on sale for 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America at Joe


Louis Arena in Detroit. The competition will take place Oct. 18–20. Tickets for the kickoff event of the ISU’s Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series can be


purchased by going to www.2013skateamerica.com. Skate America, held since 1979, has been held in Detroit three other times (1995,


1997, 1998). Elizabeth Punsalan and Jerod Swallow, five-time U.S. and two-time Skate Ameri- ca ice dance champions, are the event’s honorary chairs.


Fabulous Ice Age earns rave reviews The Fabulous Ice Age, a documentary film about the golden age of


traveling ice shows, enjoyed a sold-out premiere on April 14 at the Min- neapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. Of 103 films at the festival, The Fabulous Ice Age was third in au-


dience polling and the official runner-up for “Audience Favorite” in the category of Minnesota-Made. Film creator Keri Pickett, who spent more than seven years trav-


eling the country and interviewing skaters and those associated with the traveling ice shows, was on hand for the premiere at the St. Antho- ny Main Theatre. She became inspired to do the film by her uncle Roy Blakey, who performed during this magical era (much of the 20th centu- ry) and owns the most complete collection of ice show memorabilia in the world. Blakey also attended the premiere. “The art of figure skating has touched the lives of hundreds of


thousands of people and yet very little is known about this history,” Pick- ett said. “My labor of love featuring my uncle Roy and his life as a skater and his collection of ice show memorabilia has finally premiered and I feel a huge sense of relief that my film was selected for the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.” The film also had a second sold-out public screening on May 2,


marking the festival closing. The Fabulous Ice Age joined a number of ad- ditional audience favorites in the 2013 MSP International Film Festival “Best of Fest” programming.


6 JUNE/JULY 2013 “Vintage clips give Keri Pickett’s documentary a dreamlike quality


as she lovingly presents a host of characters, from ice show icons Richard Dwyer and Gloria Nord to Olympians Dick Button and Scott Hamilton,” the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported in its review of the film. Pickett is working on a distribution plan that includes other film


festivals and a DVD release. Those interested in helping Pickett fund the film’s distribution can make a donation at the Independent Filmmaker Project at www.ifpmn.org/sponsored-project/fabulous-ice-age.


To celebrate the glamour of the premiere, film creator Keri Pickett selected a feather boa as her mascot.


PHOTO BY MICHAL DANIEL


PHOTO BY BARB REICHERT


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