FIGURE SKATING: Cranberry Open draws top nationwide talent
HYANNIS — The spectators inside Kennedy Rink at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center were nearly silent as five youth figure skaters took the ice for warmups during the 37th Annual Cranberry Open on Saturday afternoon.
After the skaters attempted their moves for about five minutes, the PA announcer asked the skaters to clear the ice.
First up in the event, the Intermediate Free Skate, was Nantucket Skating Club’s Antonia Gamberoni. She skated to center ice and saluted the judges before starting her routine to the sound of thrilling music, resembling a chase scene from a movie.
Inside the benches were two raised tables filled, one for video officials, the other for judges. Gamberoni’s two-minute routine yields a score of 48.27, a combination of skating skills, transitions, performance, composition and interpretation of the music, and takes second place.
Though many of the competitors have been on skates since early childhood, Gamberoni said she only started when she was 8. But in that span she has already earned a coveted black jacket with a gold U.S. Figure Skating logo on it signaling her designation as a USFS gold medalist, passing the top-level test for her skating discipline.
“A lot of stuff came quickly,” Gamberoni, 13, said. “It feels good when you wear this jacket. That’s one of my big accomplishments.”
For the past three days, Gamberoni was among over 350 figure skaters participating in the event, sanctioned by USFS and hosted by Yarmouth Ice Club with skaters aged 6-to-25 from beginning level to senior level.
YIC president Kara Moss said having high-level officiating is crucial to drawing athletes from all across the country.
“We’re trying to raise the caliber of officials because when you have highly-qualified officials, you’ll get highly-qualified skaters, and that’s what helps grow your event,” Moss said.
Roger Glenn from Appleton,…