At the 2008 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships in Lake Placid, skaters can compete in singles, pairs, ice dancing and interpretive free skate. Interpretive free skate is divided into Artistic/Dramatic Interpretive and Light Entertainment/Comedy Interpretive. Judges look for creativity, musical interpretation and oh, that special something in the program.
Skaters are further grouped into the following age categories:
- Class I: 21-28 years old
- Class II: 29-35 years old
- Class III: 36-45 years old
- Class IV: 46-55 years old
- Class V: 56+ years old
Merry Neitlich from All Year FSC near Los Angeles just made the cutoff to compete in Class V -- she turned 56 this year. In honor of her father who passed away a few years ago, she skated to You Make Me Feel So Young by Frank Sinatra, one of his favorite singers. Merry is head of Extreme Marketing, a consulting company, and also has a full skating schedule. Her secret to fitting all her passions into her life? She gets up at 4 a.m. of course! I enjoyed chatting with Merry and hope to see her at the 2009 Adult Nationals in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Below is Merry's great program: