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Alyssa Rich and Morgan Flood are the winners of the Dallas Figure Skating Club’s

Skater of the Year awards. Rich, 9, won the preliminary

division at the 2012 Southwestern Regional Championships nonqual- ifying competition and the pre-juvenile nonqualifying event at the 2013 Southwestern Regional Championships. Rich, left, is shown here with her parents, Jeff and Nico Rich. Flood, 14, won the pewter medal at the 2013 U.S. Championships in novice ladies. She’s pictured with her father, Mark Flood. The girls received a Dallas FSC Skater of the Year pin, a certifi cate and a full-family membership for a year.

By Sarah S. Brannen Aaron Lesué, a wide receiver for the

Football player saves fi gure skater from wreckage e r

it until the ambulance came.” Hatch is now recover- ing from hairline fractures in

Utah Blaze of the Arena Football League, was driving on the highway April 24 when he saw a car hit the guardrail, fl ip over several times and come to rest upside down. Lesué pulled over and ran to help. Inside

the car, fi gure skater Brianna Hatch, the cap- tain of the Brigham Young University fi gure skating team, was hanging upsidedown, sus- pended by her seat belt. The car was on fi re and fi lling with smoke. Lesué and two other passersby decided

not to wait for an ambulance. One rescuer had a fi re extinguisher and Lesué sprayed it on the fi re. Then the men crawled into the car, undid the seat belt, caught Hatch and carried her out. “We could tell she was in a lot of pain,”

Lesué said. “We were unsure how badly she was injured. It was probably three or four minutes before she said anything.” “I was in shock and shaking so much,”

Hatch said. “I didn’t know who he was. I reached out and grabbed his hand and held

her ribs and clavicle, a separated shoulder and bruises. She coach- es at Peaks Ice Arena and Utah Val- ley University as well as Brigham Young University, from which she will graduate in 2014. As a com- petitor, she trained at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo., and competed at the U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships three times. After Hatch was taken to the

hospital, Lesué found her on Facebook and emailed her. “He wrote me a beautiful letter, asking

how things were going,” Hatch said. “We’ve been in contact every day since and we’ve become close friends.” Hatch has watched Lesué play football, and he got on the ice with her. “He invited me to one of his home

games,” Hatch said. “After a touchdown he ran across the fi eld and presented the ball to

me. He told me I have tickets for life. He’s got a huge heart.” “I told Bri that she’s going to have to get

me on the ice and teach me a few things,” Le- sué said. “The skates hurt my feet pretty bad. I don’t know how they do that. It’s a tough sport.”

Watch for Lesué at a future Olympic

Games; he plans to try out for Team USA in either rugby or bobsled.

New Jersey Figure Skating Foundation steps up to help hurricane victims The New Jersey Figure Skating Founda-

tion donated a portion of the proceeds from its 2013 Skatetacular: Celebrating the New Jersey Shore, to the Hurricane Sandy N.J. Relief Fund. The foundation brought together 90

skaters from New Jersey and New York to participate in the April 20 event. Skaters of every discipline and age took part, from beginners to the newly formed Rutgers Uni- versity Figure Skating Club to an ensemble of 25 skaters from Lake Placid and Pough- keepsie, N.Y. Special guests included the Is- raeli ice dance team Allison Reed and Vasili Rogov, who competed at the 2013 World Championships in London, Ontario, Canada. Ice Theatre of NY, whose headquarters at

Chelsea Piers on the Hudson River was de- stroyed during the storm, performed three


programs. Many local skaters performed to music

by New Jersey artists about the Shore or fea- tured uplifting lyrics refl ecting the theme of the event, which culminated in a candle- light procession to Kate Smith’s recording of “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” performed by Karen Courtland Kelly and the New York en- semble.

New Jersey’s Olympians were inducted

into the NJFSF Hall of Fame. They are Col- leen O’Connor, a three-time U.S. ice dancing champion, two-time World medalist and the 1976 Olympic bronze medalist; two-time Olympian (1968, 1972) and three-time U.S. pairs champion JoJo Starbuck; and Elaine Zayak, a U.S. and World champion and 1984 Olympian. Starbuck was the emcee for the event.


Amanda Witkowski


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