We celebrate and Congratulate the newest group of skaters from the Ice House on their way to the 2018 Olympics. The Ice House is a 4 Sheet Ice Area design by Eric Milberger. The Ice House celebrates this year, having sent 35 skaters to the Olympics. read further……
HACKENSACK – In a spirited, fun-filled sendoff event at the Ice House, figure skaters bound for Pyeongchang performed for spectators one last time before competing in the Olympic Games next month.
The Hackensack ice rink is celebrating its 20th anniversary, introducing youngsters to figure skating and hockey, and training athletes to compete on the world stage. The four-rink complex has sent over 35 figure skaters to compete in the Olympic Games in the last two decades.
“We are so proud of our hardworking and dedicated coaches,” Craig Maurizi, director of the Ice House’s figure skating program, told the crowd. “We have eight members of our coaching staff who have competed in the Olympic Games. We also have nine coaches who coached at the Olympic Games.”
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The 11 athletes competing in 2018 will represent five countries — Israel, Switzerland, Slovakia, Canada and Australia — in the ladies’ singles, men’s singles, pairs and ice dance competitions.
“Tonight, we are showing why we’ve earned the title of Ice House of Champions,” said Maurizi.
At the event, called Ice Dreams 2018, the evening was more laid-back then the tense atmosphere of the Olympic ice rink. Skaters of all ages got their turn on the ice. Perfectly executed jumps – and even those that were a little wobbly – earned the cheers and applause of the audience.
For Geetha, 7, and Swathi Manchu, 4, of River Edge, it was their first time seeing figuring skating in person. The girls have signed up to start classes next month.
“I think it’s the funnest thing, especially on the East Coast,” said their father, Sreedhar Manchu.
The skaters were certainly having fun. With song choices like Cup of Life by Ricky Martin and Turn Down for What by Lil John/DJ Snake, it’s hard not to.
“I do want to try ice skating, it looks really cool,” said Betty Nagel of Teaneck. She came out to support her sister, Jordana. “Ice skating is all she talks about.”
The show was a bit of a homecoming for Natia Manizhashvili of Dumont, who moved to the U.S. from Georgia. She stopped skating after entering high school, where she joined track.
“I used to ice skate here, it feels good to be back,” said Manizhashvili, who started skating because she wanted to be the movies. “I’m excited to see the Olympians and want to meet them.”
Emily and Hanna Jacobson were there to support their classmate who was skating in the show. The girls watched figure skating on television before coming to Ice House to learn a little about the sport.
“I hope you do well!,” said Emily Jacobson.
Ted Baruli of Fair Lawn also came to see his sister, Helen, in the show. But his ambitions on the ice are a little different from hers.
“I think I will go with hockey if my mom says so,” said Baruli.