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Emilie Connors (nee Nussear) and her husband Kev- in welcomed their fi rst child, Reagan Corinne, on Jan. 2, 2015. Nussear fi nished on the ice dance podi- um at seven international events, including winning a silver medal at the 2000 World Junior Figure Skat- ing Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany, and a gold medal at the 1999–2000 ISU Junior Grand Prix in Norway (both with Brandon Forsyth). Profession- ally, she has performed all over the world. Now a veteran coach at the International Skating Center of Connecticut, Emilie’s students have competed and placed at the National Solo Dance Championships, Regional Championships, Lake Placid Figure Skat- ing Championships, Darien Open and Boston Open. She’s a graduate of the University of Hartford.


Four U.S. teams earned spots on the podium at the Nations’ Cup Ballet on Ice 2015 Interclub Competition and Gold Cup Adult Ballet on Ice in Colombes, France. Harmony Ice Theatre Company of Hartland, Michigan, placed second in the senior division, fi rst in the junior ranks (pictured) and second in the adult category. Bravo! of New Jersey claimed third place in the novice class. Here are all of the U.S. results: Senior: 2. Harmony Ice Theatre Company, 5. Act 1 of Boston, 6. Los Angeles Ice Theater. Junior: 1. Harmony Ice Theatre Company, 4. Space Coast Hurricanes, 6. San Francisco Ice Theatre. Novice: 3. Bravo! of New Jersey, 4. Harmony Ice Theatre, 8. Los Angeles Ice Theatre. Adult: 2. Harmony Ice Theatre, 5. Imagica of Boston, 6. Space Coast Frozen Hurricanes


Skate for Hope


Skate for Hope cast, top row: Jeremy Abbott, Alissa Czisny, Emily Hughes; bottom row, Alexe Gilles, Dan Hollander, Carolyn Bongirno, Chris Knierim, Alexa Scimeca, Hamish Gaman, Caitlin Yankowskas, Madison Hubbell, Zachary Donohue


Two-time U.S. bronze medalist Dan Hollander counts himself lucky to be part of the annual Skate for Hope benefi t ice show. He, along with an all-star cast, took part in the 12th annual production on May 2 in Bowling Green, Ohio. Proceeds from the show raise money for cancer research. To date, more than $560,000 has been raised to fi ght the disease. One of the unique aspects of the show — organized by founder Carolyn Bongirno — is the opportunity for local skaters to raise pledges and perform with the headliners. “My favorite number in the show is when the headliners get to skate with the children who raised the most money,” Hollander said. “The joy you see on their faces as they get lifted by a pair skat- er, or jump side by side with an Olympian, is priceless. They then get to honor people in their lives who are either battling cancer, a survivor, or to celebrate the life of a loved one.”


Arkansas skater Georgiana Burnside, who was serious- ly injured in a skiing accident in Colorado on March 26, received a warm reception during an ice show at the South Suburban Ice Arena in Centennial, Colorado, on April 25. Burnside, a member of the Diamond Edge FSC in Little Rock, suff ered a spinal cord injury that has left her partially paralyzed from the waist down. She’s undergoing rehabilitation at Denver’s Craig Hospital. At the ice show, Georgiana was honored by some of the show’s stars, including 2013 U.S. champion Max Aaron and 2014 Olympian Polina Edmunds, as well as the coaching and arena staff . “It was truly one of her happiest nights,” Georgiana’s mom, Ann, said. “The skate clubs and Max and Polina made Georgiana feel so special. What an outpouring of kindness and love.” Sharing in Georgiana’s special night (l-r) friend Jack Armstrong, occupational therapist Sarah Harrison, Po- lina Edmunds, Georgiana Burnside, Max Aaron, recre- ational therapist Tom Horan and coach Tony Dicus. A Go Fund Me page has been created in Georgiana’s name at www.gofundme.com/team-georgiana.


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PHOTO BY LEAH ADAMS


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