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Thrills and chills at skating event

Skating sensations: Aviator’s ice skaters show off their skills at the Figure Skating Club’s 5th-Annual End of the Year Show on Nov. 23.
Photo by Arthur de Gaeta

Ice skating is cooler than ever!

The Figure Skating Club’s fifth-annual End of the Year Show on Nov. 23 at Aviator Sports and Events Center let skaters show off their skills on the ice.

The frigid temperatures — on and off the rink — didn’t stop skaters from putting on a spectacular show that gave the crowd chills, said one parent.

Sideways skater: Valantina Massoni keeps her balance as she performs her routine.
Photo by Arthur de Gaeta

“They definitely don’t care about the ice being cold,” said Janet Gusak, whose daughters, Juliana and Emily, competed for Aviator’s synchronized skating team. “They like the colors. They definitely enjoy having all the make up and hair — they feel all glammed up.”

Aviator’s synchronized skating team competed against performers from across the borough. Competitors were divided into groups based on their ages and skill levels. Gusak said even though her daughters have competed in other skating shows, she still shivered thinking about what could go wrong — especially since her youngest daughter split her chin on the ice just days before the competition.

“I’m afraid that they’re going to fall,” Gusak said, but added that Juliana’s fall before the competition didn’t stop her from performing. “Even with the stitches and the bandages, she competed.”

Skating sensation: Lillian Valiquette performs her piece for the crowd.
Photo by Arthur de Gaeta

Gusak said the whole team did a great job performing the routine together — and she said the team is constantly practicing for their next performance.

“Synchronized is very difficult,” she said. “They try to learn from each other.”

Pink power: Skaters from the Central Park team sway to and fro during their performance.
Photo by Arthur de Gaeta

Reach reporter Vanessa Ogle at vogle‌@cngl‌ocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4507. Follow her attwitter.com/oglevanessa.

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