Figure skaters set to compete in the 43rd Annual Northland Competition
The Duluth Figure Skating Club is hosting its 43rd Annual Northland Competition, Northland Compete USA Competition, and Excel Series Friday – Sunday, January 20 – 22 down at the DECC.
The figure skating competition is bringing in 517 skaters to Duluth from across the nation.
Alyssa Reder-Judnick Director of DFSC says, “We have people coming from San Francisco this weekend, we have Missouri coming in, Texas, and then even some from the East Coast coming in.”
Alyssa mentions that the competition is an excel series which is something new to the ice skating community. “So the Excel series is something new developed by us figure skating to encourage an even more average skater in the United States. They have the opportunity to make the national festival in the summer. So it’s giving more skaters an opportunity to be able to be part of something bigger nationwide.”
Skaters entering the competition range anywhere from three-years-old to skaters in their 70’s. Elizabeth Scudamore is a 14-year-old figure skater that started at a young age. She says, “When you’re skating [you feel] the wind when you’re spinning or when you’re going to jump. And the adrenaline that you get when you’re skating to music, [you] can tell a story with your moves and it’s great.”
If you are planning on spectating at the competition here is a schedule and layout of rules.