• Svetlana Shkolnikova

Ice House sending 11 figure skaters to Pyeongchang

Updated: Apr 23, 2018

The storied history of the Ice House in Hackensack is written on its walls.

Signed posters of Olympic figure skating champions Tara Lipinski and Oksana Baiul hang in the lobby. Framed newspaper clippings of Olympic gold medalist Sarah Hughes adorn the administrative offices. Inside one rink, banners bearing the famous names of those who once trained here look down on the skaters practicing on the ice below.

The four-rink complex has sent more than 35 figure skaters to the Olympic Games since opening 20 years ago. Next month, it will send 11 more.

“We built and built and built,” said Craig Maurizi, director of the Ice House’s figure skating program for most of its existence. "There’s no official record but we've got to have the biggest program in the country."

And one of the most diverse.

The 11 athletes heading to Pyeongchang will represent five countries — Israel, Switzerland, Slovakia, Canada and Australia — in the ladies' singles, men's singles, pairs and ice dance competitions.

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