BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
Clipper Staff Writer
BOUNTIFUL - It’s time to see something new on the ice.
The 2013 Copper Cup, running July 12 at noon through July 13 at 6:25 p.m. at the South Davis Recreation Center, will feature skaters of all ages and skill levels. Many will premiere routines created this spring and never before seen by audiences.
“Everyone brings out their new routines for fall competition and tests them out for the first time,” said Michelle Thomson, one of the organizers. “It gives them a chance to get feedback from the judges.”
Audience admission to the competition is free, and you can consult the schedule at comp.entryeeze.com to choose the routines you most want to see. Some of the segments are as short as six minutes, and more than one skater may take to the ice in a given period.
“The ladies’ long program is only four minutes long,” said Thomson, adding that other programs can be as short as two and a half minutes. “In that short amount of time, you can make it happen or see things go very wrong.”
Not included on the schedule is a special performance by the Austrian ice dancing team, which will perform just after 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon. Ice dancing differs from pairs skating in that the focus is on the skaters’ intricate footwork. Lifts must not go above the shoulder.
“We don’t have any dance teams currently training in Utah, so this is a special treat,” said Thomson.
There are also solo dance programs, many of which will be performed Friday between noon and 1 p.m. According to the schedule, the routines will reflect dances such as the tango, samba and waltz.
“They’re more artistic and interpretive,” said Thomson.
Though it’s more common to see women out on the ice, some program sections feature only male skaters. The first of these will be Friday evening, starting about 5:30 p.m.
“Hockey didn’t take all the boys,” Thomson said with a laugh.
Segments featuring more technical routines are divided by skill level. Among those competing will be Anna Grace Davidson, who won nationals at the intermediate level in January. The victory moved her up to the novice level, which she will be skating at during the Copper Cup.
“For the beginning skaters, the axel is the big jump,” said Thomson. “Senior skaters skate at an Olympic level.”
Friday and Saturday evenings will feature showcase performances, which focus less on competitive aspects of the routine and more on artistry.
“Detailed costumes and props are allowed for those,” said Thomson. “It’s really fun to watch.”
No matter what the event is, performing at the Copper Cup is seen as the first step on a road that may end with next year’s Olympic team.
“The goal is always to get out there and skate your very best,” said Thomson. “Anything can happen.”