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Member Accomplishments



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. They are 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: 


Nomi Kligler - Gold Skating Skills


Maria Reynolds - Gold Solo Free Dance


Amy Montalbano - Gold Solo Pattern Dance


Lillian Vinskey - Gold Skating Skills


Courtney Tso - Gold Pattern Dance

Emma Hendricks - Gold Skating Skills

Elise Westlund - Gold Pattern Dance

Elise Westlund - Gold Solo Free Dance

Jess Robie - Adult Gold Skating Skills


Alayna VanNosdall - Gold Skating Skills

Caelin Piper - Gold Skating Skills

Caelin Piper - Gold Solo Free Dance

Caelin Piper - Gold Solo Pattern Dance


Aurora Freeman - Gold Skating Skills

Emma Hendricks - Gold Solo Pattern Dance

Lillian Vinskey - Gold Pattern Dance

Maria Reynolds - Gold Solo 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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