BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY


Alissa Czisny
Alissa Czisny

Send-off planned for skater Alissa Czisny

Help give a great send-off to BGSU skater and Olympic hopeful Alissa Czisny as she heads off to nationals. Czisny will compete at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships Jan. 12-14, in hopes of qualifying for the 2006 U.S. Olympic team. She’ll be vying for a top-three finish against some of the best skaters in the world, including Michelle Kwan, Sasha Cohen and Emily Hughes.

    

 Czisny shows the gold medal she won at Skate Canada.

The Ice Arena will host a communitywide celebration on Wednesday (Dec. 21) featuring an 8 p.m. exhibition, followed by an autograph and photo session and free open skating at 8:30 p.m.

Publicity photos will be given to the first 300 youths in attendance.

National and international singles skaters and a pairs team from the Detroit area will perform along with Bowling Green skaters Melissa Telecky (two-time national competitor) and Matthew Ko (Junior national competitor in 2004 and 2005). Bowling Green Skating Club beginner Emily Sherrick and pre-juvenile competitor Courtney Van Horn will also be featured. The exhibition’s capstone skater will be Amber Czisny, Alissa’s twin sister, best friend and training partner.

Bowling Green Mayor John Quinn, BGSU Vice-President for Student Affairs Dr. Ed Whipple, Lona Leck, and Alissa’s first coach will speak at the ceremony, which will include several special presentations.

Alissa and Amber, now BGSU sophomores, began their skating careers at the Ice Arena before the age of 2. The sisters have worked under the tutelage of several local professionals and currently train at the Detroit Skating Club.

The event is hosted by the BGSU Skating Club—which is sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating—and is sponsored by the Ice Arena, BGSU’s Office of the Executive Vice President and Jackson Ultima Skates.

December 19, 2005