Let’s get ready to R-u-m-m-m-b-b-b-l-l-l-l-l-e

October 1, 2011

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OK, wrong sport…but you get the idea. The U.S. short track season gets under way tomorrow at the Hardees Iceplex in St Louis…(and I have to work – bummer)

But YOU can watch Tony Chung’s live stream. (Don’t forget to toss a few bucks his way to say Thanks! Otherwise, you’d be sitting at home with no way of knowing WHAT was going on unless you had some inside connections at the rink)

Here’s the link to the live feed:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/shorttrackhd

…and don’t forget the tweets…
http://twitter.com/#!/shorttrackHD

Check out here to see who is entered:
https://webpoint.usspeedskating.org/wp/Events/ViewMeet.asp?EventID=1917&isPopup=true&Template=Event+Entries

To the fans in St Louis, have fun!
To the skaters, SKATE GREAT!

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American Cup Photos

March 12, 2010

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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):
http://www.nationalspeedskatingmuseum.org/Photo%20Albums/JerrysAlbums.htm

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:
http://therockerfund.org/FORMgallery5.htm

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!

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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.

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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.
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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…
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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

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Photo by Jerry Search

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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:
http://www.usspeedskating.org/pdf/results/126809020128017_FinalAmCupSTrank_Ladies.pdf

Am Cup season total, Men:
http://www.usspeedskating.org/pdf/results/126809018213534_FinalAmCupSTrank_Men.pdf


American Cup Final

March 9, 2010

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Congrats to Kyle Carr who placed first and will be replacing Apolo Ohno for the World Championships and Jessica Smith for placing first for the Ladies. Kudos to all the skaters for a good season. (Rocker Fund Skaters in Bold)
http://usspeedskating.org/pdf/results/126800302625622_acfinal-pointsday3.pdf

AmCup Ladies
1 Smith, Jessica
2 Scott, Emily
3 Grace, Mary
4 Labourdette, Vicky
5 Wilkins, Cherise
6 Izykowski, Morgan
7 Jeong, Eun Ji
8 Todd, Kirsten
9 Frederick, Tamara
10 Skrocki, Rachel
11 Bartlett, Erin
12 Schiel, Kelsey
13 Milan, Sonia
14 Welsh, Katie
15 Pumphrey, Kendal
16 Fiorenza, Alaina
17 Ralston, Katherine
18 Dehnke, Andrea

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AmCup Men
1 Carr, Kyle
2 Garcia, Jonathan
3 Simon, Jeffrey
4 Kepka, JP
5 Kirkpatrick, Levi
6 Winslow, Barry
7 Uyehara, Kyle
8 Krueger, Cole
9 Lobello Jr., Anthony
10 Creveling, Chris
11 Krueger, John-Henry
12 Haun, Kyle
13 Barthell, Anthony
14 Frank, Nick
15 Burdekin, Michael
16 Fiorenza, Daniel
17 Rodowsky, James
18 Fuller, Zachary
19 Geminder, Kevin
20 Mularkey, Casey
21 Hopp, Alexander

Julian Wood and Landon Hatfield came in first and second respectively for the Intermediate men. Shaner Lebauer came in fourth for the Juvenile men. Liz Looby came in second for the Intermediate Ladies, Gabby Roozee 5th.

For complete standings for Nationals:
http://usspeedskating.org/pdf/results/12680029736522_nationals_-_day_3_-_point__standings.pdf


Landon Hatfield- Skater of the Month for March 2010

March 2, 2010

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Landon Hatfield, Skater of the Month, March 2010

We would like to introduce you to Landon Hatfield. Landon hails from the East Coast, and for those of you who go to the competitions, I’m sure you’ve seen him skate. To learn more, and to donate to Landon, go to his page on The Rocker Fund:

http://therockerfund.org/FORMgallery5.htm


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