by Katie Fiore
This weekend I attended Skate America 2014; The first stop on the ISU Grand Prix. This event was held at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates, Ill. and it was so cool to be back at the same venue where we hosted Midwestern Sectionals last season! At this event I was fortunate enough to attend all of the sessions alongside my mom, and several of them I attended with my team. What I really loved about this event was that it was a huge skating reunion! I was able to see some of my mom’s colleagues (past and present), skaters I’ve met over the years, and of course a lot of Starlights.
The Starlights Junior team was able to present awards at all the awards ceremonies, and the Senior Team was able to debut their short program at the Smuckers Skating Spectacular. We had such a great time handing out awards to some of our favorite skaters and the Senior Team skated great on Sunday! Huge props to The ISU, US Figure Skating, the staff at the Sears Centre, Starlights, and all the other volunteers who made this such a great event!