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LMFSC Regional Competitors

Two LMFSC Members Medal at Regional Competition

It was quite a showing for members of the Lake Minnetonka Figure Skating Club at the recent United States Figure Skating regional competition. Four skaters made it to the championship rounds, with two coming away with medals.  This competition is the first qualifier for the 2015 US National Championships. 

Jennifer Mettler (Pre-Preliminary), Abigail Magnusson (Preliminary) Michelle Nguyen (Novice Test Track) and Berit Cummings (Juvenile) all made the championship rounds at the Upper Great Lakes Regional Figure Skating Championships Oct. 4-8 in Richfield. Nguyen won a pewter medal for 4th place and Magnusson brought home a silver for her 2nd place finish. 

The LMFSC sent twenty-one skaters to the competition, which rotates between the eight states that comprise the Upper Great Lakes Region. This year’s event included 780 skaters in qualifying and non-qualifying events. 

The Lake Minnetonka Figure Skating Club is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting all disciplines of figure skating.  Established in 1977, LMFSC is based at the Minnetonka Ice Area. 

2014-2015 Lake Minnetonka Figure Skating Club


Copyright Fernandez Portraits


Sarah Klosterbuer 2015 Adult Bronze Champion (Copyright Fernandez Portraits)

Congratulations Sarah Klosterbuer and Abby Magnusson - 2015 State Champions!

Way to go LMFSC!


Reagan Greene 4th in Open Pre-Juvenile, Abby, Sarah, Archie Brown 3rd in Preliminary Boys and Katie Yockey 4th in Senior Ladies

Abby Magnusson

Abby Magnusson - 2015 Preliminary Champion (Copyright Fernandez Portraits)

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Lake Minnetonka Figure Skating Club Sparks a Passion

Lake Minnetonka Figure Skating Club offers competitive edge to serious skaters.
Berit Cummings, a skater since she was three, says she loves learning new tricks at the LMFSC.

As the Winter Olympics approach, medal-winning heroes can ignite passion in young dreamers. The figure skaters of the games seem especially inspiring, combining both artistry and athleticism. Their graceful glides burst into phenomenal feats of aerial acrobatics. Onlookers gape in amazement. But those skaters had to begin somewhere, with an experienced coaching staff to help them achieve incremental goals and live out their dreams. Somewhere like Lake Minnetonka Figure Skating Club.

Established in 1977, LMFSC is housed at Minnetonka Ice Arena and is governed by United States Figure Skating (USFS). The club is also recognized by the International Skating Union and the United States Olympic Committee, and its talented staff has developed many state, regional and national competitors and champions, providing avenues for skaters to pursue individual figure skating, synchronized, freestyle and pairs skating.

Carol Timm has been a figure skating coach at the ice arena for 40 years and with the LMFSC since it began in 1977. She was a regional competitor with the St. Paul Figure Skating Club and earned her USFS gold medal in figure and freestyle skating. She loves coaching for many of the same reasons that she loves skating. “Skating teaches many life lessons besides learning new tricks,” says Timm. “It encourages goal setting, self-discipline and tenacity. Figure skaters learn confidence and poise from performing in front of crowds and panels of judges. I love watching kids develop and grow, and want to instill in them the love that I have for the sport.”

Although not all skaters compete, the LMFSC is for skaters who’ve learned the basics and feel ready to move into competitive skating. There is an official test structure that determines competition levels, and some skaters set goals to advance through the USFS test structure. Others test to advance in competitions. According to Timm, the ideal age to join LMFSC is 6 or 7 years old. “Many skaters can do double jumps by age 8,” says Timm. “Once in a while we get younger skaters [who can do that], depending on their development.”

Berit Cummings, now 10, learned to skate when she was 3 years old, and she likes to skate in shows and competitions. Though she says she doesn’t like the cold—“I wear three jackets to stay warm”—she likes everything else about it. “I learn new things all the time. I have lots of friends at the rink and I hope to make it past regionals and sectionals someday,” she says. “I also want to travel to cool places in the world for skating competitions.” Berit has already competed in Chicago and Iowa.

Though starting early helps skaters’ chances of advancing to higher levels of competition, not all successful skaters begin so young. Katie Yockey didn’t even learn to skate until she was 8 years old. That’s when her family moved to Minnesota, and Katie’s mother Colleen enrolled her in group skating lessons. Katie is now 16 and has been skating with LMFSC for 6 years.

“Katie has found her passion,” Colleen says. “She is very dedicated, and our entire family supports her. She never complains when I wake her at 5 a.m. for a 6 a.m. practice before school.” Competitive skaters like Katie practice two to three hours a day, six days a week. If they’re involved in synchronized skating, a team sport also offered through LMFSC, another six to eight hours of weekly practice can be added.

“I love the feeling of freedom while skating,” Katie says. “I feel most like myself on the ice, where I can express myself and not worry about anything else. Every day is tough but it’s never boring. There is always something more to work on. Skating pushes me and is harder than most people think. But I love it.”

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The above article was featured in the December 2013 issue of Lake Minnetonka Magazine.


Lake Minnetonka Figure Skating Club - A Great Place to Skate!

Enjoy the benefits of being a club member and become part of our skating community!  Lake Minnetonka Figure Skating Club offers:

  • U.S. Figure Skating Associaton (USFSA) Membership that allows you to participate in USFSA competitions and test sessions.
  • Club Locker room privileges
  • Club ice access at a reduced rate
  • Club skating events such as the Winter Extravaganza, Sunflower Classic and the annual Ice Show.
  • Fun Membership Events  - Junior Board Picnic, Membership Development Day, Spring Member Engagement and Service Opportunities
  • Subscription to Skating Magazine

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