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    Posted April 18, 2014 by
    Hyannis, Massachusetts

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    Shay Sterlace and Yovanny Durango win 2014 US Adult Figure Skating Championship title by 20 points


    Saturday April 12th Hyannis Community
    Hyannis MA- The Yarmouth Ice Club hosted US Adult Figure Skating Championships at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center.


    Adult skaters over the age of 21 came from all over the country to compete for National Titles in hopes to go to ISU International Competition in May. Among the many events this weekend was the coveted championship dance competition. With top placing skaters Shay Sterlace and Yovanny Durango, who brought the crowd to their collective feet.


    Up to that point the scores had been tight as the teams headed into their final free dance skate on Saturday Afternoon. Sterlace and Durango entered the final leg of Saturday’s free dance just 4.06 points ahead of the team of Sandra Nielson and Peter Sasmore. But after their dramatic, skillful performance to Journeys “Open Arms”, that left many fans overcome with emotion. They scored an astonishing 42.61 that propelled the team to a win with an over all of 78.87 which was a phenomenal 20 points higher than their worthy and skilled competition.


    Both admitted they were overcome with emotion and excitement as the scores were announced. Yovanny Durango said, “That they both just submersed themselves into the piece and the moment and did not focus on the outcome.” It worked as the crowd was mesmerized by the level of dramatic emotion the pair brought to the ice. I asked Shay Sterlace what their secret was and she said, “We focus on the work and bring everything to the ice and just really try to enjoy it, because it’s our passion.” Damian Dodge told me that, “The team has really done the work and are inspirational to their skating students. They are both really passionate about teaching and maintain a rigorous class schedule on top of practicing five days a week, three hours a day on the ice. Plus work off the ice to improve on their physical endurance and stamina.”


    The team has been skating together for a less than two years, coached by Damian Dodge and have worked tirelessly to prepare for this moment. Most recently braving horrendous winter conditions and driving to practice between several rinks in order to get in the time they felt was required to accomplish their goals. Coach Damien Dodge could not be prouder of his friends and students.
    ” They have both worked so hard to get to this moment, and we look forward to celebrating but on Monday morning its back to work six days a week to practice for the presegious ISU International Competition held in Obersdorf Germany May 27th- June 1st”


    2014 US Adult Figure Skating Championships


    GOLD - Shay Sterlace of Liberty Figure Skating Club of Philadelphia and Yovanny Durango representing University of Delaware Figure Skating Club - Total score 78.87


    SILVER -Sandra Nielson and Peter Sasmore of the Peninsula Skating Club-Total score 58.31


    BRONZE - Josephine Lee and Jim Kamin of the Starlight Ice Dance Club- Total score 49.89


    PEWTER - Amy Engeler and Robert Engle of the Skating Club of New York -Total score of 44.15.


    Seen Here- Skater Shay Sterlace, Coach Damian Dodge and Skater Yovanny Durango

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