Spotlight on Stephanie Rosenthal
Stephanie Rosenthal, 17, is known for her choreographically inventive programs which she usually performs with great gusto. She qualified for U.S. Nationals for the third consecutive year, her second as a senior, by winning Central Pacific Regionals and placing 2nd at Pacific Coast Sectionals. She represents the Utah FSC and trains in Salt Lake City with her long-time coaches, Stewart and Christi Sturgeon. Rosenthal has just been named to the prestigious 2005 State Farm/U.S. Figure Skating Scholastic Honors Team.
Traighe Rouse Spotlight on Traighe Rouse
Sixteen-year-old Traighe Rouse has qualified for his second Nationals at the junior level, after placing 5th in 2004. He made his debut on the Junior Grand Prix this fall, placing 4th in Serbia-Montenegro and 8th in Romania. He then placed 2nd at Eastern Sectionals to advance to 2005 Nationals. Rouse represents the University of Delaware FSC and trains in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. His long-time coach is Vicki Helgenberg, with assistance from her two children, Brian and Donna Helgenberg.
Craig Ratterree Spotlight on Craig Ratterree
Qualifying for his first Nationals is 18-year-old Craig Ratterree, the 2005 South Atlantic Regional junior men?s champion and Eastern Sectional pewter medallist. Ratterree represents the Washington FSC and trains in Alexandria, Virginia, with his long-time coach and choreographer, Sergey Korovin.
Trina Pratt & Todd GillesSpotlight on Trina Pratt & Todd Gilles
Coached by Patti Gottwein and Christopher Dean, Junior Ice Dancers Trina Pratt and Todd Gilles, both 18, have been skating together for four seasons. In their fourth trip to Nationals, (6th, Novice, 2002; 1st Novice, 2003; and 3rd, Junior, 2004), they will be skating to programs choreographed by Christo pher Dean and Tom Dickson. After a strong season on the Junior Grand Prix, where they won bronze medals in Hungary and China, they topped off the autumn by winning Midwestern Sectionals.
Brittney Rizo Spotlight on Brittney Rizo
Brittney Rizo, age 13, represents and trains at the Skating Club of Boston. She is coached by Lisa Coppola and Connie Nakamura. Coppola and Deidre Williams choreographed her programs for the 2004-05 season. After qualifying for the U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships in 2003 and 2004 at the Juvenile and Intermediate levels, respectively, Brittney finished 2nd in Novice Ladies at the 2005 New England Regional Championships and 1st at the 2005 Eastern Sectional Championships to earn her first trip to the 2005 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Portland, Oregon.
Eliot Halverson Spotlight on Eliot Halverson
The 2004 Intermediate Men?s champion, Eliot Halverson, 14, was born in Bogota, Colombia. He qualified for 2004 U.S. Nationals by winning the Novice Men?s title at Upper Great Lakes Regionals and placing 3rd at Midwestern Sectionals. He represents the St. Paul FSC, and trains in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his coaches, Ted Engelking and Ann Eidson. He enjoys helping to choreograph his own programs, and his favorite spin is the Biellmann.
Melissa Bulanhagui Spotlight on Melissa Bulanhagui
Melissa Bulanhagui, 14, qualified for 2005 U.S. Nationals in her third year as a novice by placing 4th at both South Atlantic Regionals and Eastern Sectionals. She represents and trains at the University of Delaware FSC in Newark, Delaware, and is coached by Karen and Ron Ludington. Karen Ludington also choreographed her programs.
Spotlight on Nate Bartholomay
15-year-old Nate Bartholomay is the 2005 U.S. Intermediate Pairs champion who has also qualified for Nationals in novice singles on his first try. He won the Novice Men?s title at South Atlantic Regionals and placed 2nd at Eastern Sectionals. His coaches are a family affair – Vicki Helgenberg and her son, Brian, and daughter, Donna, as the choreographer. Bartholomay represents the University of Delaware FSC and trains in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.
Caroline Miller Spotlight on Caroline Miller
Caroline Miller, 17, qualified for her first U.S. Nationals by placing 4th at Southwest Regionals and 3rd at Midwestern Sectionals in Junior Ladies. She represents the Rocky Mountain FSC and trains in Westminster and Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her primary coach is Cindy Sullivan and she also works with Diana Ronayne. Her programs this season were choreographed by Tom Dickson and Catarina Lindgren. Miller designs all of her own skating dresses.
John Coughlin Spotlight on John Coughlin
John Coughlin turned 19 on December 1, 2004. He represents the Silver Blades FSC of Kansas City and his long-time coaches are Randy and Sharon Brilliantine. He is making his second appearance at Nationals in singles and first as a Junior man. He placed 6th in Junior Pairs at 2004 Nationals with his former partner. Coughlin plans to resume his pairs career in the 2005-06 season with his new partner, Bridget Namiotka.
Austin Kanallakan Spotlight on Austin Kanallakan
Austin Kanallakan, 13, won the Novice Men’s title at this year’s Pacific Coast Sectionals after having finished 5th at Sectionals one year ago (which made him a first alternate to 2004 Novice Nationals). He represents the All Year FSC and is coached by Tammy Gambill in Riverside, California.