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CESARIO RETIRES FROM COMPETITION Samantha Cesario, who became a fan favorite especially for her recent rendition of

Carmen, has decided to retire from competitive skating. The 21-year-old from New York, who placed fi fth at the last two U.S. Figure Skating

Championships, made the diffi cult decision to leave the world of competitive skating after battling numerous injuries. “Figure skating has been my everything for as long as I can remember,” Cesario said. She began skating at the age of 6 and spent her entire career under the guidance of

Mary Lynn Gelderman in New York. “Walking away from competition was not easy for me to do. There have been many

ups and downs in my career but one thing that has never changed is my love for the sport and for competition.” Cesario plans to remain in the sport as a coach. She has been coaching a little bit for the last few years and is looking forward to working full time alongside Gelder- man and the rest of the coaching staff at Twin Rinks on Long Island. Cesario, who battled painful knee injuries and who suff ered a bout of

mononucleosis a year ago, closed her competitive career in February with an eighth-place fi nish at the Four Continents Championships in Seoul, South Korea. “I will always cherish the memories I’ve made traveling the world with some absolutely wonderful people I’ve gotten to know along the way,” Cesario said. “I know that I may not be walking away from my career with all of the medals and titles, but I’m walking away with so much more.”

— Amy Rosewater SKATING 5


livan Award is that it’s not just about greatness in athletics and sports,” said Sarah Hughes, Sullivan Award winner for 2002. “It’s about substance as a person on the playing fi eld, off and contributing to the greater com- munity and society. “The Sullivan Award celebrates

integrity, respect, character and a real sense of amateurism and love, joy and fun.” On April 19, the Amateur Ath-

letic Union (AAU) presented its 85th annual Sullivan Award at the New York Athletic Club in New York City. Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Olym- pic gold medalists in ice dance, were among the fi nalists. The other fi nalists were pole vaulter Shawn Barber, gymnast Simone Biles, college football player Ezekiel Elliott, swimmer Katie Ledecky and college basket- ball player Jahlil Okafor. In speaking about Davis and White, AAU president/CEO Dr. Roger J. Goudy noted,

Sullivan Award fi nalists Ezekiel Elliott, Katie Ledecky, Shawn Barber, Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Simone Biles; not pictured Jahlil Okafor

“The athleticism, the artistry of that sport is just incredible.” “We’ve gained perspective over the last 12 to 14 months,” Davis said. “As time has

passed, we’ve really grown to appreciate even more what it means to be an Olympian on top of being an athlete. We’ve learned so much about ourselves and qualities that we really admire in people. We’ve thought about what it means to be an athlete off the fi eld of play.” White enjoyed the multisport aspect of the Sullivan Award. “One of our favorite things is getting to know the stories and the routes it takes for

you to get here,” White said. “The character and the type of people that have made it I think is indicative of what it takes to be successful in general. We’re so honored to be a part of such a wonderful group of people.” The Sullivan Award went to Elliott, a sophomore at Ohio State and early favorite for

the Heisman Trophy. — Lois Elfman


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