Our U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medalists
The test structure is the backbone of U.S. Figure Skating. Passing skill tests presided over by official judges advances the skater to the next level. Skaters test in moves in the field, free skating, pairs and ice dancing. As a skater advances, the tests become more difficult. The highest achievement in each discipline is passing the senior, also called "gold," test. When a skater passes a gold test, he or she earns the designation "U.S. Figure Skating gold medalist." Becoming a U.S. Figure Skating gold medalist is the culmination of many years of hard work and dedication to the sport. In a typical year, approximately 40,000 U.S. Figure Skating test levels are completed by athletes; of those, about 1,300, or 3 percent, are at the gold or senior level.
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US Figure Skating Gold Medalist
April 2018 - Senior Moves In The Field
Laurel excels both on the ice and off. Laurel passed her Senior Moves in the Field Test at the Boise Ice Classic in April to become McCall Figure Skating Club’s 5th Gold Medalist. Laurel is also a great asset to the skating programs at Manchester Ice & Event Centre by volunteering as a Learn to Skate Coach and as a Show It Off Camp Jr. Coach. She is very committed to her academic career and her community. She is currently National Honor Society VP and First Chair in the Treasure Valley Honor Music. She has earned numerous academic awards throughout high school including Outstanding Achievement in Science AAUW, President’s Education Awards Program, & National Spanish Exam Bronze Medalist which are all nationally recognized distinctions. Laurel finds time outside the rink and school to volunteer for The Little Ski Hill After School Program, Kaleidoscope Arts Fair, McPaws, McCall Arts & Humanities Council, and she is the High School Representative for McCall Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee. She will be greatly missed next year when she leaves McCall to attend American University in Washington DC.
4 Time U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medalist
July 2016 - Gold Dance Test
August 2016 - Senior Free Dance
October 2016 - Senior Moves In The Field
October 2017 - Senior Solo Free Dance
U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medalist
October 2014 - Senior Moves In The Field
Belle Eckhart, known by several people simply as Belle Belle, is the youngest MFSC skater to achieve U.S. Figure Skating Gold. At age 13, Belle passed her Senior Moves in the Field Test in October of 2014, during our club’s annual “Skate by the Lake” event. Belle’s love of the sport was always evident starting from the age of two. Her dedication inspired skaters in the Learn to Skate classes, as well as our club skaters young and old. She was also a beautiful asset to the “McCall Starz on Ice” productions with her charisma and fluidity on the ice. Her grace, poise and athleticism were admired by many in our community. Belle has worked very hard to accelerate her academics in order to graduate from high school early. She recently finished her high school degree in the Fall of 2017, and her plan is to pursue a degree in special education with the emphasis of early childhood development. Belle attributes her success to the support of the Manchester Ice and Event Centre, her family, coaches and the MFSC.