International Competitive Figure Skating – Issues and Events

Tracking ISU and U.S. Figure Skating Events, Issues and Governance

Actions taken at the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Governing Council

Max Aaron and Sarah Hughes at the 2013 USFS Governing Council


The 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Governing Council Presented by Hilton HHonors occurred May 3-5, 2013 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Colorado Springs-World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo.
After a full day of events on Friday, which included a Board of Directors meeting, a Club Education Seminar and President’s Reception, the Governing Council began on Saturday.

The proceedings at the 2013 Governing Council began shortly after 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and it opened with a grand entrance of Team USA members past and present. Led by Olympic champion Sarah Hughes, and with flags waiving in the main ballroom, the athletes paraded around the room with Hughes giving an opening speech.

Soon thereafter, Destination Sochi ( was given a royal introduction. The aspects of Destination Sochi, including a fundraising initiative and a club aspect, were told to the room to a warm reception.

Next, U.S. Figure Skating President Patricia St. Peter and Executive Director David Raith offered opening comments. St. Peter delivered a strong message supporting Team USA as well as Destination Sochi. Raith spoke at length on the new ISU icenetwork deal which will offer live coverage of every ISU event through 2018 as well as other new business.


The Journey FSC in Monroe, Mich., was awarded full member status at the 2013 Governing Council meeting.

The Governing Council took no actions pertaining to the U.S. Figure Skating bylaws.

The following officials were appointed as national officials by the Board of Directors as follows:
National Singles/Pairs Referee: Leslie Gianelli, Wallingford, Conn.
National Synchronized Skating Referee: Daren Patterson, Knoxville, Tenn.
National Music Coordinator: Allen Krawiec, Littleton, Mass.
National Dance Judge: Elyse Matsumoto, Trophy Club, Texas
National Singles/Pairs Judge: Aristeo Brito, Miami, Fla.; Melissa Dillenbeck, La Grange, Ill.; Kerry Jennings-Cooper, Alexandria, Va.; Heather Nemier, Ashburn, Va.; Katherine Specht, Napa, Calif.; Jennifer Simon, Galveston, Texas; 
National Data Operator – Singles/Pairs/Dance: Stephanie Lab, Aurora, Ill.; Mary-Elizabeth Wightman, Lake Placid, N.Y.
National Technical Specialist – Singles: Colleen Mickey, Carlsbad, Calif.

Approved the following items as they were originally published in the Governing Council meeting book or submitted during Governing Council:
Actions of the Board of Directors from May 6, 2012, through March 11, 2013: 1-36 and 38-44
Membership Group (Group 2): 202, 204
Technical Group (Group 3): 301, 303, 304-309, 311, 314-318, 320-325, 327, 328
Administrative/Legal Group (Group 4): 401
New Business to the Board of Directors: 501, 505

Approved the following items with amendments:
Actions of the Board of Directors from May 6, 2012, through March 11, 2013: 37
Membership Group (Group 2): 201, 203, 205-207
Technical Group (Group 3): 302, 310, 312, 313, 319, 326, 
New Business to the Board of Directors: 502-504
New Business to the Governing Council: 602

Referred the following items:
New Business to the Governing Council: 601

The combined report of action will contain the full details for all items listed above and will be available by May 17. The reason for the delay is to provide time to ensure the accuracy of the report.

Elected the following members of the Board of Directors:
President – Patricia St. Peter
Midwestern and First Vice President – Samuel Auxier
Eastern and Second Vice President – Kathaleen Kelly Cutone
Pacific Coast and Third Vice President – Hal Marron
Secretary – Heather Nemier
Treasurer – Warren Naphtal
Athlete Services Group Coordinator – Justin Dillon
Membership Development Group Coordinator – Lainie DeMore
Technical Group Coordinator – Wendy Enzmann
Administrative/Legal Group Coordinator – Gretchen Bonnie
Coaching Member – Karen Kwan-Oppegard
Coaching Member – Ben Miller

Announced the athlete members of the Board of Directors as elected by the athletes:
Pilar Bosley (Ice dancing)
Amanda Evora (Pairs)
Erika Hoffman (Synchronized)
Lindsey Weber (Singles)

Announced the Nominating Committee for the 2013-14 season:

Elected by the 2013 delegates to serve a two-year term:
Robert Wagner (SA), Kathy Slack (EGL), Veronica Nebb (CP)

Elected by the 2012 delegates to serve a two-year term (this is year two):
Sarah Hughes (NA), Susan Keogh (NE), Robert Bauer (UGL), Nancy Iida (SW), William Cloran (NWP), Dawn Eyerly (SWP)

Elected by the athletes to serve a one-year term:
Derrick Delmore (E), Lindsey Weber (M), Angela Nikodinov (P)


The eighth annual Athlete Advisory Committee fundraiser event took on a new look on Saturday night as the World Arena in Colorado Springs was transformed into a dining room with exhibition ice in the center.

For the first time, the AAC held a gala event and a sold out crowd, who received dinner and a show, all left with smiles on their faces. The Scott Hamilton emceed event featured a talented cast of performers including national and World medalists. AAC chair Lindsey Weber, Mark Ladwig, Justin Dillon and Karen Kwan-Oppegard all helped choreograph and appeared in the event. The performing cast can be found below:

Vincent Zhou
Brittney Simpson and Matthew Blackmer
Alexander Johnson
Ryan Jahnke
Joshua Farris
Tiffany Vise and Don Baldwin
Jason Brown
Douglas Razzano
Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus
Christina Gao
Denver Synchronicity
Sylvie Harrison and Sean Brotherton
Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim
Adam Rippon
Agnes Zawadzki
Mariah Bell
Jonathan Cassar
Rachael Flatt
Ryan Bradley
Max Aaron

Photos as well as video from this event will be shared on U.S. Figure Skating’s social media when it becomes available.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on June 12, 2013 by and tagged , , .
%d bloggers like this: