Six Pavilion Skating Club skaters medal in national competitions
“What is going on with Cleveland Heights and ice dancing?”
That was the buzz in San Jose, Calif. in January, when two Cleveland Heights ice dance teams medaled in Novice Dance at the 2012 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
“The moment we found out we won, we were thrilled. We’ve been skating together for seven years, and seeing all of our hard work pay off was the best feeling in the world. We’ve been working toward this goal every day, and that feeling of accomplishment was such a great feeling,” said Holly Moore, 16, after she and her partner, Daniel Klaber, 17, became the 2012 National Champions in Novice Ice Dance. This was their second trip to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. In 2011, they placed eighth in Novice Dance.
Hannah Rosinski, 16, and Jacob Jaffe, 18, won the bronze medal in the same event. Rosinski said, “We're really excited. We put it all out there and skated our best free dance ever. Jacob and I have been together for just one season and there's a lot of room for improvement.”
In December, Kimmie Berkovich and Micah Jaffe (Jacob’s brother) were the Pewter Medalists in Intermediate Ice Dance at the 2012 U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships. Of the experience, Jaffe said, “Junior Championships was quite fun, even more than last year [when he and Berkovich placed fifth in their first year competing]. Kimmie and I have matured individually and as a team on the ice.”
All three teams train at the Pavilion Skating Club of Cleveland Heights, and are coached by Jackie Miles and Chip Rossbach. The accomplishments of these three teams place themamong the top ice dancers in the United States.
Noting that the teams compete and train together, Rosinski said, “Daniel and Holly are fun to train with because they push us and motivate us. I think we do the same for them.”
Beth Hellerstein is a parent of a Pavilion Skating Club member.