September 22, 2023


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U.S. groups replicate on World College Video games

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by Anne Calder

The World College Winter Video games is the biggest multi-collegiate athletic occasion on the planet. The occasion is held each two years within the odd yr. The 2023 Video games have been held in Lake Placid, NY and several other surrounding cities. It was the second time the small Adirondack Mountain village hosted the Video games. 

Over 1400 athletes from 595 universities and 43 international locations participated in 86 competitions in 12 sports activities. The USA had the biggest delegation (150), adopted by JPN (139) and CAN (121). The determine skaters competed in males (31) and girls (34) singles and ice dance (13 groups).

The determine skating competitors was held on the Olympic Middle 1980 Herb Brooks Area, website of the “Miracle on Ice”. The constructing additionally homes the 1932 Jack Shea Area, the primary Winter Olympic indoor ice floor and the USA Observe rink.


  1. FRA – Marie Dupayage & Thomas Nabais (176.04)
  2. USA – Lorraine McNamara & Anton Spiridonov (175.33)
  3. FRA – Natacha Lagouge & Arnaud Caffa (167.35)

Lake Placid has a 90-year historical past with ice dance.  Each July, the Olympic Middle hosts the Ice Dance Championships, the oldest steady ice dance competitors on the planet. The primary occasion was held in 1933, the yr after the Village hosted the 1932 Olympics. In 2015, the Lake Placid Ice Dance Worldwide (LPIDI) was added to the ISU calendar.

The six ice dancers who represented the USA on the Video games additionally competed in July 2022 on the LPIDI or the Lake Placid Championships. After the Video games, they shared their ideas about their latest distinctive expertise and in addition competing on the smaller summer time occasion.

Lorraine McNamara (College of Maryland) & Anton Spirodonov (Group Faculty of Northern VA) (175.33) are the 2022 Lake Placid Ice Dance Worldwide (LPIDI) gold medalists.

IDC: What have been your total impressions of the Video games.

Lorraine: The ability is gorgeous – magnificent. It was so memorable. It wasn’t simply the magical ambiance however due to the opposite athletes. You’re  surrounded by such elite athleticism, so inspiring. Each competitors we go to is great with completely different skaters from different nations, nevertheless it was completely different there assembly athletes from completely different disciplines.

It was actually outstanding and so inspiring since you see the drive and the fireplace of each athlete another way than what we’re used to, and it simply fueled us all through our competitors. 

We took it with us leaving the competitors. It stayed with us. We all know there’s the great facet of the competitors, however Lake Placid in its personal proper is gorgeous and particularly for Workforce USA such an Olympic spirit. It was only a properly rounded journey.

IDC: Describe your Opening Ceremony expertise.

Anton: We felt that the Opening Ceremony and assembly all the opposite athletes was wonderful. There was an enormous crowd – very receptive, very heat. It would go down as considered one of my favourite competitions.

IDC: How was the Lake Placid expertise completely different from the summer time competitions?

Anton: It was a totally completely different expertise. On the Lake Placid Ice Dance Worldwide all people is used to going. It’s nearly like coming dwelling each time, however this was such an enormous occasion. There have been so many various sports activities, international locations and skaters and disciplines. We’ve by no means been to the Olympics but, however all people mentioned it was just like the Olympic expertise – the Collegiate Olympics. 

Lorraine: Once we go as much as LP in the summertime, we don’t get to see the velocity skating exercise. The oval was proper there, so to see it getting used was so cool. We really met a number of actually cool velocity skaters and acquired to know them. They got here to look at us, and we watched them. Lake Placid is gorgeous in the summertime, nevertheless it’s additionally made to be a winter city. To see it in its absolute factor was actually magical.

IDC: Did you get to go to different competitions?

Anton: We have been actually busy and targeted on our personal competitions, however on the final day we went to look at ski leaping. There was this sense of camaraderie. You actually get to understand different athletes of their completely different sports activities. 

Angela Ling (College of California, Berkeley) and Caleb Wein (College of Maryland) (158.52) attended the 2022 Lake Placid Championships, however withdrew after the Rhythm Dance resulting from damage.

IDC: What was your expertise like on the Opening Ceremony?

Caleb: Doing the March into the Area was one thing we’ve by no means accomplished earlier than, and that was very cool. 

IDC: What have been the audiences like?

Caleb: The viewers there was completely different as a result of it wasn’t simply skating followers. You had different sports activities and households of different sports activities plus the locals, so their reactions have been a bit of completely different, so it was enjoyable. We didn’t fairly know what we have been going to get, however they have been tremendous pleasant. It was a distinct expertise, however actually good.

Angela: The viewers acquired enthusiastic about issues a typical skating viewers wouldn’t. They didn’t care concerning the twizzles, however thought all of the sliding was so cool.

IDC: Did you get to mingle with athletes apart from determine skaters?

Angela: It was actually cool. We’ve by no means accomplished a contest with different sports activities. Within the eating space we acquired to see completely different athletes from completely different sports activities. We acquired to look at them do the lengthy observe. They have been warming up and practising, nevertheless it was cool as a result of we go in the summertime and by no means get to see the oval in use.

Raffaella Koncius  (Pennsylvania State College) and Alexey Shchepetov (Temple College) (154.03) are the 2022 Lake Placid Championships bronze medalists.

IDC: What was the general impression you took dwelling from the College Video games?  
Raffaella & Alexey:
It was completely unbelievable taking part in such an infinite worldwide occasion and seeing so many athletes from different international locations taking part in the identical competitors you’re…it was surreal. It was additionally actually cool experiencing ice dance on a world stage like this, and seeing the large assist every nation (and followers) had for his or her athletes.

IDC: What was it like marching into the Area with all of the athletes throughout the Opening Ceremonies? 

Raffaella & Alexey: The opening ceremony won’t ever be forgotten. We felt like we have been marching within the opening ceremony on the Olympics. It was actually surreal. We felt a lot satisfaction and honor with the ability to partake in one thing so massive, and it was so cool seeing USA march out final and getting the most important cheer. It was superior being backstage with all of the athletes from different international locations and seeing how genuinely comfortable and excited everybody was to be there. 

It didn’t really feel like this was a contest between international locations and athletes, however somewhat a as soon as in a lifetime expertise that all of us acquired to share with one another. 

IDC: Did you get to see different disciplines compete?

Raffaella & Alexey: We didn’t since determine skating was one of many first sports activities to compete. We needed to depart as quickly because the competitors was over to be able to get again to Florida and practice for Nationals. We did get to see among the velocity skaters practising on their outside observe. 

Raffaella: I actually needed to see the skiers! I used to be unhappy to have missed that.

IDC: Did you make some new mates?                                                                                                                               
Sure, We each made mates. 

Raffaella: I positively acquired to know and grew nearer to the opposite skaters representing Workforce USA. It was good assembly dancers from different international locations!

How was this Lake Placid expertise completely different from competing in July?  

Raffaella & Alexey: It was a lot completely different. This competitors felt MUCH greater, like a mini Olympics. The whole Lake Placid village was reworked. There was a Workforce USA sales space, free S’extra stations down the road, flags for each the USA and different international locations all over the place, an enormous outside TV exhibiting reside determine skating occasions as they have been occurring. There have been folks on stilts, music, and a lot extra. I

It felt so heat and welcoming, together with creating an thrilling atmosphere. It was a winter wonderland – it was snowing, the lakes have been frozen over, fairly a distinct really feel than the summer time heat throughout LPIDI, however simply as lovely. And a LOT extra folks!

IDC: What is going to you keep in mind probably the most concerning the Video games? 

Raffaella & Alexey: We are going to at all times keep in mind the insane quantity of assist for Workforce USA on the video games. We’d be strolling down the road in our Workforce USA gear and folks would consistently shout “Go staff USA!!” and begin cheering. It was actually cool. 

Raffaella: One of many issues I’ll always remember is listening to ‘representing the US of America…’ after which our names, adopted by the most important cheers we’ve got ever heard.

Raffaella: This was by far the best competitors expertise ever. I’m so grateful to have been representing Workforce USA. I felt like I used to be a part of a large household whereas I used to be there. It was actually surreal. I wouldn’t have traded this expertise for the world. The quantity of satisfaction felt by the athletes and followers exhibiting their assist for Workforce USA was unbelievable.

Oona Brown & Gage Brown carried out within the exhibition-only. The New York siblings are the 2022 World Junior Ice Dance Champions.

IDC: What was it like skating your Free Dance within the College Video games Exhibition the final night time of determine skating?

Gage: That was enjoyable! There was an excellent crowd. It was good coaching follow earlier than the US Nationals two weeks later. It was an awesome expertise – our first time skating on the 1980 rink in a very long time (2019 LPIDI).

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