Sports

Ten 2018 Olympians Trained at New Jersey Skating Rink

eae7eb1fd66aa8367a99_Ice_Dreams_Performers.jpg
The showcase performers Credits: Tapinto Hackensack Staff
a306745e1b651d8fd8be_Ice_House_Family.jpg
Ice House Employees, Former Skaters and Supporters Credits: Tapinto Hackensack Staff
97b52adb96956bf09a0f_Group_opening.jpg
Group Figure Skaters Performing Together in the Opening Ceremonies Credits: Tapinto Hackensack Staff
261432e863a1fcdc8f2f_Ice_House.jpg
The Ice House in Hackensack, NJ Credits: Ice House Facebook page
eae7eb1fd66aa8367a99_Ice_Dreams_Performers.jpg

HACKENSACK -- Aspiring Olympic figure skaters might be interested to learn that they, too, can train at a facility where 10 Pyeongchang Olympians trained. 

The Ice House in Hackensack has served as the training facility for 10 Olympic skaters representing five countries. They gave sneak previews of their Olympic performances for the lucky audience at "Ice Dreams," the Ice House's send off showcase on Jan. 29.

The 2018 Olympic skaters who trained at the Ice House are:

Sign Up for E-News

  • Alexei Bychenko, Daniel Samohin, Paige Conners, Evgeni Krasnopolski, Adel Tankova and Ronald Zilberberg of Israel,
  • Alexia Paganini of Switzerland, 
  • Nicole Rajicova of Slovakia,
  • Canada Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Canada, and
  • Keita Horiko, Jimmy Ma, Emily Zhang, and Robert Yampolsky of the United States.

They gave exhilarating performances before the 1,000 person capacity crowd in the Ice House's largest skating rank.

The first to skate was Samohin, followed by Yampolsky and Zhang, who set the tone of the evening with a performance set to Fitz and the Tantrums' "I Can Make Your Hands Clap," which evoked the desired reaction from the crowd. The musical selection of the evening was mostly 2010's pop or rap songs, with Jimmy Ma performing to an elaborate electro house remix of "Turn Down for What." Not all of the musical selections were geared toward Millennials, however. Paganini skated to John Farrar's "You're the One that I Want," while Bychenko performed to an elaborate remix of "Hava Nagila."

The Ice House took measures to showcase not just the Olympians and already accomplished US skaters, but also the NJ Black Diamonds, the 2017 and 2018 Eastern Sectional Finalists. Following the intermission was a skating performance by the Ice House Future Stats, young skaters in training.

Founded in 1998 as the American Academy Figure Skating Club, and renamed in 2011, the Ice House of New Jersey Figure Skating Club has provided over $300,000 in skater assistance, stipends and support. It has been a resource for 36 Olympic skaters, and the 10 who are in Korea competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

New Ice Rink Gets Green Light from Westfield Town Council

May 23, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — A standing room-only crowd cheered and booed Tuesday night after the town council, with a 6-3 vote, passed a resolution granting Mayor Shelley Brindle the authority to negotiate a lease agreement with Arena Realty Partners for a temporary ice rink at Gumbert Park this winter.

Brindle made her case for testing out the public-private partnership.

“I don’t ...

Capitalist or Communist?

Karl Marx may have been the pioneer, but many other Jews were also involved in the struggle for communism, particularly in the early days of the Russian revolution. Personally, I don’t think that we have any apologies to make for this phenomenon. Having suffered unbearably under successive oppressive regimes, many of those political activists genuinely thought communism would be better ...

The Facts About Vaping

May 13, 2018

Dear Editor:

The recent public discussion about vaping and “Juuling” that occurred at our high school really opened the eyes of a lot of parents who may have been clueless about what their kids are doing to themselves. There is a lot of conflicting and confusing information available online, on YouTube and social media about the so-called benefits of vaping vs. smoking ...

Softball: Peralta's Walk-Off Homer Gives Union Catholic a Dramatic 2-1 Win Over DePaul in State Tournament

May 24, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Gianna Peralta belted a walk-off homer over the center-field fence to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning to give third-seeded Union Catholic a 2-1 victory over DePaul in the quarterfinal round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Non-Public A Tournament on Wednesday in Scotch Plains. 

Peralta, a freshman, drove in both runs for the Vikings, ...