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Member Acomplishments



The test structure is the backbone of U.S. Figure Skating. Passing skill tests presided over by official judges advances the skater to the next level. Skaters test in moves in the field, free skating, pairs and ice dancing. As a skater advances, the tests become more difficult. The highest achievement in each discipline is passing the senior, also called "gold," test. When a skater passes a gold test, he or she earns the designation "U.S. Figure Skating gold medalist." 


Becoming a U.S. Figure Skating gold medalist is the culmination of many years of hard work and dedication to the sport. In a typical year, approximately 40,000 U.S. Figure Skating test levels are completed by athletes; of those, about 1,300, or 3 percent, are at the gold or senior level. 


When an athlete passes the senior test, he or she receives a congratulatory letter from the president of U.S. Figure Skating, a gold certificate and a gold lapel pin to commemorate the accomplishment, and is eligible to purchase the gold test medal and the U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medalist jacket. It is also an accomplishment that goes on the skater's permanent U.S. Figure Skating record, and can be used on a resume or college application. 


Skating Club of Saugerties U.S Figure Skating Gold Medalists: 


Amy Montalbano   Senior Moves In The Field

                                Adult Gold Free Skate 

                                Gold Solo Dance


Brooke Bode          Senior Moves In The Field 


Elise Westlund       Senior Moves In The Field

                                Senior Freeskate

                                Senior Solo Free Dance


Maria Reynolds      Senior Moves In The Field  

                                Senior Freeskate  

                                Gold Dance

                                Senior Solo Free Dance 


Nomi Kligler            Senior Moves In The Field 


Valerie Jahn           Gold Solo Dance 

Meghan Gleason   Senior Moves In The Field 

Sofia Pagliaro        Senior Moves In The Field

Deanna Berger      Senior Moves in The Field

Emma Hendricks   Senior Moves in The Field

                                Gold Solo Dance 

Caelin Piper            Senior Moves in The Field

                                Senior Solo Free Dance

                                Gold Solo Dance

Jessica Robie        Adult Gold Moves in the Field

Alayna VanNosdall  Senior Moves in the Field

Lillian Vinskey        Senior Moves in The Field

Courtney Tso          Senior Moves in The Field

                                 Gold Pattern Dance

Axel Award

What is an Axel?

An axel is a jump in figure skating that starts forward on the take-off leg and transfers the axis of rotation to the landing side in the air before landing backwards on the other skating foot after 1.5 rotations. The Axel jump is the hardest jump to learn. 

The Skating Club of Saugerties created the Axel Award to honor club members who have successfully landed the Axel jump. Skaters are presented with a trophy and their name is on a plaque at our home rink. 

Axel Award Recipients 

  • Brianna Heisch

  • Berenger Garnica

  • Sara Forsythe

  • Timna Kligler

  • Lauren Murphy

  • Nomi Kligler 

  • Brooke Bode

  • Elise Westlund

  • Ana Alexander

  • Darren Nyland

  • Rebecca Nace

  • Meghan Gleason

  • Sofia Pagliaro

  • Gaia Franklin-Ross

  • Anna Myers

  • Aurora Freeman

  • Miranda Marino

  • Alayna VanNosdall

  • Chantal Effing

  • Emma Hendricks

  • Lillian Vinskey

  • Tyler Bodie

  • Ava Schmadel

  • Amelie Belfiore

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