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First a big CONGRATS to Eddie who came in second in the Garden State Metro Series! Thanks for representing the club Eddie! Go, Go, Go!!!!

This weekend Chris made his way to Lake Placid to represent Taconic and defend his title at the Jack Shea Sprints. He did so knowing that his injury would prevent him from securing it for a second year. He did however have a decent showing, skating a 43.4 without a start in the 500. He was toast for the the 1000 but persevered,  and despite the 4th place overall standing at the end of the day he was in so much pain this morning that today he scratched…

Other than Chris’s performance there were several friends to Taconic skating. Jennifer Okonuk had a strong showing with a killer day of racing today! Carol Moore also held her own. Courtney Russo (our MASA president Lovey’s daughter) skated her first LT meet ever and declared it a blast. Next on the agenda? Empire State Games, the Lake Morey Winterfest and the Lake Placid All-Around. Questions about these events? Please see me.

Last week during practice we worked on arm swing as a tempo controlling mechanism. We concentrated on making sure that the arm had the correct swing in relation to the push. This week we will concentrate on the correct arm swing position as it applies to skating the track.

Hope to see you there!


Consider Lake Placid for the Jack Shea Sprints

If you want a fun weekend away where you get to race on the “big track” and see what your fellow teammate Chris is so passionate about, then consider traveling to Lake Placid for the Jack Shea Sprints next weekend Jan 21/22. What you will get is a chance to experience skating/racing on the same oval Eric Heiden, Jack Shea, Charles Jewtraw, Irving Jaffee and Bunny Sheffield made famous, you be done skating/racing by noon allowing you to enjoy the charms of Lake Placid for the rest of the day, go ski whiteface for 1/2 a day, or xc ski out at the Verizon center, watch luge or bobsled, or even come back to skate at 4PM. The next morning you will do it all over again.
Chris will be there to defend his title even though defending the title in his current injured state is more of a ceremonial act than anything else.  You will get coaching for the entire weekend (racing and skating at the evening session). You don’t need LT equipment to race or skate, many skaters use their ST skates. You can use this race for seed times for the Empire State Games LT event the first weekend of Feb.
See you Wed. night,