U.S. Championships, Day 1

December 19, 2010

And…they’re off! Make sure to see Jerry Search’s photos from Day 1 Time Trials.

My information is that skating resumes at the Utah Olympic Oval today (Saturday) at 3p.m. Mountain Time…but don’t quote me on that.

Photo by Jerry Search

Kyle Uyehara skates his time trial at U.S. Short Track Speedskating Championships at the Utah Olympic Oval this weekend. (Photo by Jerry Search)

Here’s the link to Jerry’s Facebook photo album. Enjoy!

…and speaking of Wilma…

June 20, 2010

While double checking the spelling of her name, I ran across this wonderful article. A bit dated, but a great read all the same.

Wilma Boomstra: New hot spot for short track
The Orange County Register
Published: Dec. 12, 2005 3:00 a.m

LAKEWOOD – A pair of 10-year-old boys, their oversized speed-skating boots and helmets making them appear even younger, sneak across the ice at the Glacial Gardens rink, each of them clutching a ball of icy slush.

Their seemingly unsuspecting target is Wilma Boomstra, their coach, who is relaxing against the rink’s sideboards holding a cup of coffee.

“Don’t even think about it,” she barks, barely looking up, just as they are about to fire. She gives them a faux hard look before breaking into laughter.

Lakewood is 2,396 miles and about 70 degrees from Marquette, Mich., (-2 degrees one day last week). But the U.S. Short Track Speedskating Championships/Olympic Trials, which open today in the frozen town on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, are expected to solidify Orange County’s and Los Angeles’ growing – and unlikely – reputation as one of the sport’s international hot spots.

Olympic champion Apolo Anton Ohno will share the headlines this week with Orange County’s Rusty Smith, the 2002 Olympic 500-meter bronze medalist, and Hyo- Jung Kim, who swept all four women’s events at last season’s U.S. championships.

The success of Smith and Kim, both medal contenders for the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, is a sign of things to come. Four of the top five men’s overall finishers at the U.S. Junior Short Track Championships last month were from Southern California.

So how did Orange County and Los Angeles come to be mentioned in global short- track circles in the same breath as Quebec, Seoul, and Beijing?

“I tell people it’s all the sun we get,” cracked Jade Wheeler, an Olympic team contender from Los Alamitos.

“How’d this area get to be such a hot spot? That’s her doing,” Southern California Speed Skating president Jerry Search said, leaning over the sideboards and pointing at Boomstra.

“Because of Wilma,” Smith said, “we have people coming from all over the country to California.”

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American Cup Photos

March 12, 2010

I’ve been working on this post for several days now. (I’m currently at my brothers house working in ‘Interior Designer’ mode…and I gotta get back at it today…)

These fine photos are all by Jerry Search, and what would we do without him? I’ll tell ya what! I’d have no photos to post!

These are from Jerry Search’s facebook page for the just completed American Cup final and 2010 National Championships. To see the complete photo album of Jerry’s photos, please go to this link. Am Cup final isn’t up yet, but it will be here when it’s loaded. (Hey, no pressure Jerry! LOL):

Photo by Jerry Search

Landon Hatfield and Matt Rittenhouse. The Rocker Funds current Skater of the Month, Landon Hatfield, was second overall for intermediate men at the 2010 National Championships.
To make a donation to Landon to help him continue skating, go to his page on The Rocker Fund:

Photo by Jerry Search

Mary Grace was third for the American Cup Final, and finished 1st overall for the season. Congratulations Mary, another job well done!


Photo by Jerry Search

Jessica Smith, Emily Scott, Erin Bartlett, (wild shot in the dark with the other two. Best Guess- Vicky Labourdette and Morgan Izykowski)
Jessica Smith in front came in first for the American Cup Final and 10th overall for the Am Cup Season. (due to her skating World Cup 3 and 4)
Emily Scott came in second for the American cup final and ended the season 2nd overall as well.
Erin Bartlett 11th for Am Cup final and overall and 9th for the season (top 10 Erin! Way to go)
Vicky was 3rd overall for the season and Morgan 6th.


Photo by Jerry Search

Cherise Wilkins was 4th overall for the season and came in 5th for the Am Cup Final.

Photo by Jerry Search

Kyle Carr, Alexander Hopp and Zach Fuller
Kyle Carr came in first for the Am Cup final, and with that, a spot on the World Championship Team in Sophia, Bulgaria- replacing Apolo Anton Ohno.

Alexander finished 21st, 16th overall for the season.

Jeff Simon, Zach Fuller and Michael Burdekin

In front, Jeff ‘if it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all’ Simon.
Jeff and Eddy Alvarez were going head to head for the top spot at this competition. Unfortunately, a bad pass left Simon on a stretcher and Eddy out of the competition with a yellow card.

Jeff finished the AmCup final in 3rd despite the trip to the hospital and finished Am Cup season 10th overall. Unfortunately, while he skated his heart out for WC 3 (he came down with the vicious H1N1 for WC4) which helped to secure USA spots for other team members at the Olympics, this appears to have worked against Jeff for his own AmCup standings.

Jeff has more than paid his dues this year. One of our very best skaters and yet this year has thrown nothing but lemons at him. So to Jeff, to quote Sting, this is “The Starting of a Brand New Day”. I say, next season is going to be different.

To the other skaters: Step AWAY from the Jeff. No more hurting the Jeff. No more bad passes on the Jeff. No more pushing the Jeff…

Photo by Jerry Search

Anthony Lobello, Levi Kirkpatrick, Cole Krueger, Jonathan Garcia, JP Kepka, Kyle Carr.

Anthony Lobello is another skater who skated his heart out for the World Cups to his own detriment and ended up injured for the last Am Cup. Anthony finished 9th for the Am Cup final and 14th overall



Photo by Jerry Search

Zach Fuller in front. Zach finished 18th at Am Cup Finals, and 21st for the season.

Photo by Jerry Search

Another S. Cal skater, Rocker Fund Alumni and personal favorite, Kyle Uyehara placed 6th overall for the AmCup season. (and I just noticed the link to his thread on TRF to the BB forum isn’t working…we’ll update that asap…) Congratulations Kyle on moving up in placement from last year!


Photo by Jerry Search

Jonathan Garcia ended the american Cup season first overall, and with that, I believe he earns himself an invitiation to train with the National team. Congratulation Jonathan.

Right behind him in this photo is Dan Fiorenza. Dan ended the season 13th overall. Good job gentlemen!

Photo by Jerry Search

My main man Anthony Barthell. (I have to admit, I’ve liked this guy since I first met him when he checked us in at the Hilton Garden where he works. Go Anthony!) Since I can’t see the face… according to USS, this is James Rodowsky. James came in 12th overall for the season.

Anthony finished the American Cup season 19th overall, (pity the roof collapsed for AmCup 3, I know he was really looking forward to his family and friends being there to see him compete)

Photo by Jerry Search

Morgan Izykowski and Alaina Fiorenza. Morgan ended the American Cup season 6th overall, Alaina 15th overall. Good job and continue to climb that ladder to the top ladies!

Photo by Jerry Search

Liz Looby. Liz was second for the Intermediate Ladies for the 2010 National Championships. Good job, Liz!

Photo by Jerry Search

Gabee Roozie. Gabee was 5th for the Intermediate ladies for National Championships. Good effort Liz!


Photo by Jerry Search

Julian Wood after being out recovering from a horrible injury last season, came back this season to not only make the Junior World Team, but finished first in his category for Intermediate Men.
Congrats Julian on fighting your way back onto the ice.


I haven’t seen any photos of TRF skater Barry Winslow yet, but he finished 7th overall fr the season, 6th for Am Cup final. Up three spots from last year Barry! Way to go!

I also didn’t see any photos of Kelsey Schiel, who finished the Am Cup season 14th overall.


Photo by Jerry Search

I normally don’t go out of my way to post photos of the skaters falling, but from a photographic standpoint, this is one very cool shot. (Pictured, James Rodowsky. Sorry, James…)

Am Cup season totals, Ladies:

Am Cup season total, Men:

Intro and 2010 Junior National Short Track Speedskating Championships

January 14, 2010

Hello World. Consider this the maiden voyage of the Ice and Times of Short Track speedskating.

In an effort to keep up with the news in a more timely fashion, and find a way to do that without taking absurd amounts of time to do it, I’ve been working on moving the News section of TRF to a blog format.

As FANTASTIC as all the photos look against the cobalt blue of the website, it takes eons to do an update due to all the html coding and editing of photos to fit. The sheer volume of photos bogs the site down and takes a page forever to load. (I’m sure you noticed!)
While the new format won’t look as ‘purdy’, hopefully it also means it won’t be as Noelle put it “Yesterday’s News Tomorrow”.

But I’m still playing catch up, so we’ll have a little bit more of that to do until we’re up to date.

So without further ado, what I haven’t finished posting yet….



Coach, Sarah Chen, Petra Acker, Morgan Izykowski, Mary Grace, Robert Lawrence, Julian Wood, Cole Krueger and (Well, I’ve seen John Henry Krueger, John Henry Johnson, John Henry Hirth Krueger – OK kid, what’s your real name?) ;-), and another coach. (And feel free to comment on who the coaches are…) (Photo by Jerry Search)

Mary Grace, Gold Medal Winner (Photo by Jerry Search)

Morgan Izykowski, Silver Medal (Photo by Jerry Search)

Petra Acker, Bronze Medal (Photo by Jerry Search)

Sarah Chen, 4th Place (Photo by Jerry Search)

Robert Lawrence, Gold Medal Winner (Photo by Jerry Search)

Julian Wood- Silver Medal Winner (Photo by Jerry Search)

After such a horrible injury last season, it is really great to see this young man back on the ice! Good for you, Julian!

Cole Krueger, Bronze Medal (Photo by Jerry Search)

John Henry-Krueger? Johnson? 4th place (Photo by Jerry Search)

The Ladies (Photo by Jerry Search)

Morgan Izykowski, Mary Grace and Petra Acker

Julian Wood, Robert Lawrence, Cole Krueger

(Photo by Jerry Search)


…And now a little bit of info on how skaters who participate in the Rocker Fund did…(other than Morgan, and soon, Julian, who will be a Skater of the Month for April)

Dan Fiorenza (Photo by Jerry Search)

Dan came in 5th – Oh, So Close! But that has got to be a personal best. Good Job, Dan!

Jonathan Sermeno (Photo by Jerry Search)

I know him as Jonathan, but rumor has it, he goes by Jonny, (someone calls him Jonathan, the word is on the street it’s a parent who is annoyed…LOL) But whatever name he goes by, he came in 12th overall.

Landon Hatfield (Photo by Jerry Search)

Landon came in 7h. He will be TRF’s newest Skater of the Month for March.

Well, that was MUCH faster than updating a webpage, although the blog software is still pretty hinky…(everything’s got a learning curve…) =/

…Next up, photos from World Junior Championships!

To see more photos of the event by Jerry Search, go to the following link:

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