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BY ANDY SCHELL Christopher Borton from the Bozeman FSC

took control of the ice, the audience, the judges, and ultimately the gold medal. As the final skater in the event, and skating to “El Tango de Rox- anne” from Moulin Rouge!, Borton used both fi- nesse and speed, as well as dizzying twizzles and a solid Axel-toe loop combination to earn a score of 36.29.

“My goal was to simply beat my personal

best,” Borton said. “I’m truly surprised and hon- ored to win.” Te yoga teacher from rural Montana was

wearing hockey skates and “messing around with some moves” when he was encouraged by a figure skating coach to sign up for a skating camp. “I was the only adult,” he says. “And I was still in those hockey skates.” Soon thereafter, Borton borrowed a skating

manual and rulebook and dissected everything he could. Now self-coached, Borton videotapes him- self in order to analyze and improve his skating. “I’m addicted to the sport, and I love the me- chanics of skating,” he said. Earning the highest program component

score in a well-designed and emotional program, it’s clear this champion understands the artistic side of the sport as well. In second place, and debuting a new pro-

l-r Ken Ho, Christopher Borton, Marco Pizzo, Ian Catindig

gram to “Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire was Ken Ho of the Pittsburgh FSC. Always smiling and always a crowd favorite, Ho started strong with a nice double toe loop. “I love this music and the Indian dance as-

pect to this program. Once the music started I almost forgot I was competing.” While nerves crept in slightly after beginning

his program, Ho shook them off to come charging back with a high split jump before a flip-loop combination to ultimately earn 33.71 points for the silver medal in an impressive program that re- quired serious stamina. Te irrepressible Ian Catindig, St. Moritz ISC, earned the bronze medal with 31.61 points. Always a showman, Catindig wanted more from

Carol Cooper and Ethan Burgess CHAMPIONSHIP MASTERS Christopher Borton

his skating. “Besides my main coach, Charyl Brusch, I

started working with the ice dance coach, John Dowding (1980 Olympic competitor from Can- ada),” Catindig said. By relearning the basics of edges and stroking, Catindig “improved his overall skating.” In a well-paced program to Debussy’s “Rev-

erie,” Catindig’s sublime performance was a depar- ture from his previous showy numbers — and the perfect complement to his music. His elements included a strong Axel-toe loop combination. Marco Pizzo of the All Year FSC grabbed the

pewter medal with his gentlemanly and graceful performance to “Tara’s Teme” from Gone With the Wind.

BY ANDY SCHELL With only four pairs entered in the event, ev-

eryone on the ice was guaranteed a medal — while everyone in the stands was assured the usual excite- ment of adult skaters tossing each other in the air. Skating first, Carol Cooper and Ethan Bur- gess, of the Detroit SC, grabbed the audience with

(l-r) Kim Sailer and David Garber, Carol Cooper and Ethan Burgess, Tara Cioppa and Stephen Trzaska, Wendy Barnard and Andrew Arnold

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