WHAT IS U.S. FIGURE SKATING?
U.S. Figure Skating is the national governing body for figure skating on ice in the United States and is comprised of Member Clubs, Collegiate Clubs, and School-Affiliated Clubs, as well as Individual Members, Basic Skills Programs, and Associate Members. The Charter Member clubs numbered seven in 1921, when the Association was formed and became a member of the International Skating Union (ISU), the international governing body for skating sports. Today, approximately 680 Member Clubs, collegiate clubs and school-affiliated clubs, and
more than 1,000 Basic Skills participants, and over 180,000 members are registered by the U.S. Figure Skating.
The U.S. Figure Skating freestyle, moves in the field, dance, pair and synchronized skating test structures set the standards of proficiency for the sport and are a measurement of a skater’s progress. Competitions sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating are a principal incentive for figure skaters to train, develop, and improve their proficiency. By ascending the competition “ladder” of regional, sectional and national championships, U.S. Figure Skating competitors gain entry into international figure skating events – among them the Olympic Winter games and the World Championships. However, competitive skating is not a requirement, and skaters may participate in the U.S. Figure Skating test and competition structure simply for the personal satisfaction of reaching the levels of proficiency in the sport, which are recognized around the world.
How to contact U.S. FIGURE SKATING?
U.S. Figure Skating
20 First Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Tel: (719) 635-5200
Fax: (719) 635-9548
THE STORY OF THE ATLANTA FIGURE SKATING CLUB LOGO
When graceful Atlanta sprang up in Reconstruction years from the ashes of a bloody war, she took as her official symbol, a phoenix, the fabulous bird, which came forth alive from the nest ashes of its parent. Our Atlanta Figure Skating Club logo features the phoenix, uniquely reflecting Atlanta. The design then transports the phoenix to the ice by incorporating a figure skate blade within the golden flame, which symbolizes the ashes from which the phoenix rose.
The circular shape celebrates the discipline of our orderly sport of figure skating, as it recalls the circles upon which our skating edges are based—and upon which they were formerly skated. Our club’s symbol tells the AFSC story in crisp navy blue, white, and yellow.
Requested for inclusion by the authors, the pin bearing our club logo appears in Figure Skating Pins, a handsome book of selected pins which was published in New York in 1987. Selected from several designs, the logo was created by Lee Schaffer and was adopted by the Atlanta Figure Skating Club in 1969 as its first official club symbol.
WHAT IS THE ATLANTA FIGURE SKATING CLUB?
The ATLANTA FIGURE SKATING CLUB is an enthusiastic group of over 350 members who are devoted to the advancement and promotion of figure skating as an art and a sport. We are one of the largest clubs in the country, celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2008.
We are a member of U.S. Figure Skating, the governing body for the sport, which is recognized as such by the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union.
Host of major competitions
The Atlanta FSC has hosted seven major competitions: the 1976, 1985 and 2000 South Atlantic Regional Championships, the 1992 Skate America senior international competition, the 1980 and 2004 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and the 2007 Eastern Sectional Championships.
We have conducted over forty competitions, including two large annual Opens, over a dozen judges’ schools, and, in 2002, a U.S. Figure Skating Regional Training Camp.
Represented in national and international competitions
More than forty skaters and officials have represented the Atlanta FSC in both national and international competitions. Among those who have competed in international events for the U.S. are Alexander Aiken, Brittney McConn Bottoms, Allen Davis, Timothy Dolensky, Jackie Farrell, Brad Griffies, Todd Hansen, Kaysi Kitsell, Christopher Nolan, Leslie Sikes, Laura Steele, Colin VanderVeen, Valory Vennes, Debbie Walls, and Elizabeth Wright-Johnson.
With an impressive slate of officials
The Atlanta FSC is home to 25 figure skating officials, including six national judges. Five members have served as Directors of U.S. Figure Skating, and several members currently hold positions on national policy-making committees. In 1998, a 35-year Atlanta FSC member represented Atlanta as a judge for the XVIII Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. Judge John Millier, chair of U.S. Figure Skating's Dance Committee, has served as a team leader at the Junior World Championships, two Grand Prix finals, and two World Championships.
A HISTORY OF ICE SKATING IN ATLANTA &
THE ATLANTA FIGURE SKATING CLUB
The story begins in the early 1950’s, when Holiday on Ice installed a temporary ice surface in the old City Auditorium. The night before the show opened, a large crowd of Atlantans were invited to skate. Bill Barg and Mary Bohland of Holiday on Ice took notice of this interest and in late 1955 opened the “Figure 8” rink in a building at the Lakewood Fairgrounds. Henry Lie (Lee) and Fran Pappas were the instructors, and Jerry Smith was the engineer.
Management set aside two hours on Monday nights for a figure skating club to meet. Thus the Atlanta Figure Skating Club was formed. The Club was originally all single adults, and only two were U.S. Figure Skating members, Rud Ellis and Robin Watts. As interest in figure skating grew, a Junior Club was organized, and Fran Pappas taught group lessons during the Club time.
Unable to obtain a suitable lease at Lakewood from the city or to find an alternate location, the club moved to a garage of Paul Jones’ wrestling arena on Houston St. in downtown Atlanta. A post was in the center of the ice! It was here that judges were brought in from St. Louis to judge the first figure tests and AFSC gained U.S. Figure Skating membership.
Management continued to look for a better location. The pipes were actually moved to Broadview Plaza (now Lindberg Plaza), but a lease could not be worked out, so the rink equipment was sold and moved to Augusta, GA. All was not lost, however, because Mrs. Carling Dinkler Sr. had taken up skating and had built a small Belvedere Rink in Decatur.
Meanwhile, the Nicol brothers started building the first Igloo Rink, a 60x100 surface on Roswell Rd. in Buckhead. The Club moved there and skated for several years. Fran Pappas led several Carnivals, which were about as good as could be held on the limited ice surface, before the Igloo was torn down and replaced by a full size rink, which was nicknamed “The Bigloo.” During the time of the Igloo, Atlanta enjoyed a boom in building ice rinks, none of which exist today.
Bruce Stultz worked at the Igloo long enough to see that a rink was needed for training competitive figure skaters. He built the rink at Parkaire Mall and hired Lynn Dixon Thompson to run the training program. The AFSC moved to Parkaire and hosted its first U.S. Figure Skating competition, the 1976 South Atlantic Regional Championships. Later, the Mall was completely rebuilt, and a separate building constructed to house the present day Marietta Ice Center.
In 1997, the club moved to the two surface facility, The Cooler in Alpharetta.
History submitted by Rud Ellis, founding member of the AFSC.