Local Skaters Get Big Results in Weekend Events
Langley High's Armin Mahbanoozadeh, 17, won a silver medal a the International Skating Union's Junior Grand Prix Final this weekend in Goyang City, South Korea, earning his second straight medal in the event and headlining a weekend of success for skaters from the Washington Figure Skating Club in international and national competitions.
Great Falls's Mahbanoozadeh, who won the bronze medal last year, earned 193.49 points to finish second in both the short and long programs behind France's Florent Amodio, who claimed 199.58 points. Silver Spring's Kristine Musademba, 16, finished sixth overall in the ladies event with 122.86 points, earning eighth place in the short program and sixth in the free skate.
Local ice dance teams, meantime, won two medals and earned three of the top six placements in the intermediate and juvenile categories at the U.S. junior figure skating championships in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Rachel Parsons (Derwood) and Kyle MacMillan (Washington), both 11, won the gold medal in the juvenile ice dance event, finishing first in all three segments of the competition and tallying 83.29 points. Katherine Gourianova and Andrew Hickey (Silver Spring) finished 15th.
The brother-sister team of Danvi and Vu Pham (ages nine and 11, respectively) of Silver Spring won the silver medal in the intermediate ice-dance category (93.66), with Quinn Carpenter (Wheaton) and Lorraine McNamara (Germantown) claiming fourth (87.40) and Kristina Rexford (Silver Spring) and Michael Parsons (Derwood, Md.) landing in fifth (84.45).
Haley Mulera, 12, of Rockville placed highest among a trio of locals in the intermediate ladies competition, finishing seventh, as Taylor Hoover, 14, of Ashburn finished 16th in the qualifying round and Molly Crawford, 14, of Germantown finished 20th. Mulera will compete again in this category next year. Kathryn (Kit) Albaugh, 11, of Arlington finished 15th in qualifying in the juvenile category.
Mulera had won silver in the juvenile category of last year's U.S. junior championships and has been selected to the U.S. Figure Skating Association's developmental team. Mahbanoozadeh and Musademba will skate in a Jan. 4 exhibition at the Fort Dupont Ice Arena before heading to the Jan. 18-25 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Cleveland.
All of the skaters compete for the Washington Figure Skating Club, based in Rockville. The club has the second largest skating club in the nation with more than 750 members and eight affiliated rinks in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
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