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Financial aid programs open for new season Six U.S. Figure Skating fi nancial aid programs, available to skaters from pre-prelimi-

nary to senior levels and member clubs, opened on June 1, 2013. Visit www.usfi for more information, including criteria and dead-

lines. The Competitive Skaters Assistance Program (CSAP) is open to current skaters who

fi nish in the top tier at sectionals or the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in singles, pairs or ice dancing. The Academic Scholarship Program (ASP) is designed to assist current and former

fi gure skaters and synchronized skaters pursuing higher education. The RISE Youth Essay Contest serves skaters competing at the pre-preliminary, pre-

liminary, pre-juvenile and juvenile levels. Four winners are selected annually. The Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund provides fi nancial support to skaters

who demonstrate a love of fi gure skating and fi nancial need at the intermediate, nov- ice or junior level. This program is restricted to singles, pairs and ice dancing. The Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund will off er an additional award this year, bringing the total to three awards. The Scholastic Honors Team recognizes high school–age skaters who have excelled

in skating, high school academics and community involvement. Founded in 2013 in memory of longtime U.S. Figure Skating member Elaine Theisen,

the Elaine Theisen Diamond Ice FSC Fund for Special Olympics and Therapeutic Skating (Elaine Theisen Fund) encourages U.S. Figure Skating member clubs and programs to ex- pand opportunities for Special Olympics and Therapeutic Skating participants.

Hamill, Yamaguchi pair up for ‘Dancing’ season fi nale Just eight weeks after a back injury sidelined her from the competition, Olympic

champion Dorothy Hamill returned to the dance fl oor for a special performance on the “Dancing with the Stars” season fi nale. “I feel very lucky,” Hamill said before her performance. “I didn’t think I would be able

to do any more.” As an added emotional twist, Hamill was joined halfway through her performance

by fellow Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi, the program’s season six champion, whom Hamill credits for her decision to appear on the show. “I was recovering from my breast cancer surgery and watching Kristi Yamaguchi was

what inspired me to say yes when they asked me to do the show,” Hamill said. “The last thing that ever occurred to me was that physically, I wouldn’t be able to do it.” “She’s so amazing to watch and it’s a shame she didn’t get to participate in the full

competition because I think she would have done really well,” Yamaguchi said. “She’s man- aging everything now with physical therapy, so I’m glad we had the chance to experience this together.” Dancing a Viennese Waltz to “River” by Emeli Sandé, Hamill and Yamaguchi dis-

played perfect unison as they swept across the fl oor in similar icy blue dresses. While Ha- mill’s previous partner, Tristan McManus, was unable to perform due to injury, Hamill and Yamaguchi didn’t miss a beat with their new partners, Henry Byalikov and Sasha Farber. “Being a part of the show is like being a part of a family, so it’s so much fun to go back

and see everyone,” Yamaguchi said. “This time I got to get back more into the groove of it with the hair, the makeup and the costumes, and of course what made it really special was getting to perform with Dorothy. Even in rehearsal, we got to share these moments that we’ve never had together.”

The teams of Henry Byalikov and Dorothy Hamill and Sasha Farber and Kristi Yamaguchi joined for a season fi nale performance.

Charitybuzz to off er skating fans Olympic-sized experiences U.S. Figure Skating has announced a part-

nership with the global charity auction site Charitybuzz to promote Destination SochiSM


A marketplace for high-end experiential auc- tion packages, Charitybuzz will host a series of U.S. Figure Skating auctions through the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. All proceeds will benefi t Destination s fundraising eff orts, which will sup-


port U.S. Figure Skating programs, including Basic Skills and synchronized skating, and the Destination SochiSM

Family Tree, which aims to

off set the cost of families of the 2014 Olympic Team attending the Games. Two packages were featured in June. The

fi rst, a “Day in the Life of a U.S. Olympic Hope- ful” off ered bidders a chance to experience U.S. Figure Skating’s annual Champs Camp, which will take place in August. The second package featured a “Golden Ticket” experience at the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Champi- onships in Boston. Winning bidders will receive Championship Weekend tickets and exclusive access to U.S. Figure Skating off -ice events, in- cluding a reception for the 2014 Olympic Team. Future U.S. Figure Skating auctions will

feature exclusive experiences with U.S. Figure Skating alums, vacation packages and 2014 Olympic ticket packages. The next round of auctions will take place in August — visit www. to place your bids, and re- member all proceeds benefi t Destination Soch- iSM

and U.S. Figure Skating athletes.

Olympic champion Evan Lysacek fi lmed a skit for “Sesame Street,” which will air during the upcoming season before the Sochi Olympics. Lysacek will attempt to defend his title this season. While on set, Lysacek met his child- hood favorite character, Count Von Count. Ly- sacek is the only fi gure skater besides Peggy Fleming to appear on “Sesame Street.”



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