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Miner flashes signature moves at Saturday Night Ice Show
August 9, 2018

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LAKE PLACID - U.S. National silver medalist Ross Miner is a Lake Placid skating alumni, having trained, competed and starred in shows in the Olympic Center. On Saturday, Aug. 4, he brought his smooth skating style to the 1932 rink for the fourth of six Saturday Night Ice Shows this summer.

Miner skated to (Another Song) All Over Again by Justin Timberlake and a Macklemore medley, showcasing impressive jumps, sweeping spread eagles and his trademark cantilever move in which he glides in a bent-leg spread eagle position and bends backward, making his upper body parallel to and only inches away from the ice surface.

He performed alongside nearly 20 skaters participating in the Lake Placid Summer Skating Camp, including local skaters Carly Brox, Carly Jones, Ellen Lansing and Chloe Hurteau of the Skating Club of Lake Placid, and Kiera Levitt of the Tupper Lake Figure Skating Club. The show also included Katrina Heckmann of the Eiokunstlauf club Obersdorf, Germany, who visits every summer, often with her sister Stefanie, to train in the Olympic Center.

Miner started skating in Burlington, Vermont, and eventually found his way to Lake Placid to hone his skills as so many other future skating stars have done before him: training on the Olympic Center rinks, competing in Lake Placid competitions, and performing in ice shows.

"My very first 'outside of Vermont' competition was here in the 1932 rink," Miner said last year following a performance. "I was skating to 'Singin' in the Rain,' in a yellow LL Bean rubber rain suit, and I got like 10 seconds into my program and forgot it. Then I went to the referee, and they let me start over! I think I got second in that one."

Miner was an unwitting participant in a skating controversy this season. Despite placing second at the National Championships and skating perhaps his best performances ever, he was not selected for the U.S. Olympic team for the Pyeongchang Olympics, nor as the first alternate. The spots went to this year's National gold medalist Nathan Chen, National pewter medalist Adam Rippon and National bronze medalist Vincent Zhou. The decision caused outrage among figure skating fans, even prompting the creation of a petition to add Miner to the team.

This is not an unheard-of phenomenon: in 2014, Mirai Nagasu also skated a stunning bronze-medal-winning program at Nationals and was left off the Olympic team in favor of Ashley Wagner. And the situation was reversed in 2018, when Ashley Wagner, who was expected by everyone to make the Olympic team and was even starring in Olympic-themed commercials before the event, placed fourth and was left off the team in favor of 2018 National medalists Bradie Tennell, Mirai Nagasu, and Karen Chen.

This was allowed because U.S. Figure Skating made their determination not just on National placements, which previously seemed to carry more weight in selecting the Olympic team, but on certain criteria that took past results and other data into account.

"I was really proud of (my season)," Miner said. "I skated exactly like I wanted to when I wanted to."

Since then, Miner has kept busy coaching in the Boston area where he trains. He brought his love of coaching to Lake Placid last week by teaching a seminar to Lake Placid Summer Skating camp attendees.

"We worked on jumps, spins. I tailor it to the group I'm with, so it is a little different every time," Miner said.

Although he still hasn't decided about competing next season, Miner still enjoyed the experiences he has had this summer, especially starring in the Saturday Night Ice Show in Lake Placid.

"I've been coaching, skating in shows, the usual. It runs the gamut," he said. "I always golf when I'm here in Lake Placid, and just like walking on Main Street, it reminds me of being a little kid."

The next Saturday Night Ice Show is Aug. 11, and will feature international medalist Andrew Torgashev. For more information on Lake Placid Figure Skating events, including shows, visit their website at www.lakeplacidskating.com.

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