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Hudson Valley figure skaters compete, win at Empire State Games

Claire Macedonia of Poughkeepsie took home a bronze medal

LAKE PLACID – Hudson Valley Figure Skating Club competitors captured medals at the recent Empire State Games held in Lake Placid, which is the 39th annual event.

Kara Evans, president of the club as well as one of the coaches, announced that her skaters earned five gold medals, six silver medals, and six bronze medals. The club sent 26 skaters to the competition. Evans' sister, Kaylan Pietrogallo also coaches the skaters and said "watching our kids smile with excitement representing the Hudson Valley at the opening ceremonies was a highlight of the games."

Evans and Pietrogallo both competed in figure skating at the games from 2000-2003. Evans told Mid-Hudson News that the games provide the competitors with memories that last a lifetime.

As for some of the medals earned this year, 15-year-old Emma Whitehead of Hopewell Junction competed in the juvenile division and was one of the club's gold medalists. Gold medals were also achieved by 13-year-old Sofia Mazza of Cornwall and Julianna Lewis of Newburgh. Mazza competed in the 'No-Test' division while Lewis skated in the 'Pre-Preliminary' portion. 16-year-old Claire Macedonia of Poughkeepsie captured a bronze medal for her efforts in the 'Intermediate Ladies' portion.

Evans said the biggest thrill of the games was the camaraderie among all of the skaters. "Whether they medaled, fell, or didn't place where they wanted, every skater showed support for each other. Building a strong skating family is a big goal of mine as president of the Hudson Valley Figure Skating Club. I want the skaters to feel that positive atmosphere as I did as a skater."

The Hudson Valley Figure Skating Club is based at Ice-Time Sports in the Town of Newburgh.


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