At the 2008 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships in Lake Placid, New York, there were many volunteers from the community who made certain that the competition was a success. Dedicated personnel in the Accounting Room, runners (who ran back and forth from the rinks to report on results), ice monitors, announcers, ice sweepers, and many others, were pivotal in making the skaters feel comfortable and welcome at the Olympic Center.
I spoke to a few of the volunteers and they were as enthusiastic about the event as the skaters! One of my interviewees was Jim Rogers, a Lake Placid resident, who has been volunteering as an announcer for U.S. Figure Skating since 1962! With a career in radio broadcasting spanning 50 years, Jim told me that one of his fondest memories was about ten years ago when he was announcing a competition where Dorothy Hamill was a participant. After her skate, as she was leaving the ice, he said over the speakers, "She's just as beautiful inside as she is outside." Dorothy came back on the ice and blew him a kiss! For more of my conversations with the volunteers at Adult Nationals, please check out the above video.
(Below photo: volunteers in the Accounting Room include, from left to right, Anita Conrad, Christie Sausa, Candee Gonzalez and Cecelia Erisman)