Cheyenne Amaro was content with her performance but admittedly wasn’t perfect.
Few have been in the tough-scoring sport of figure skating, though perfection’s presence was felt at the USFS Central Pacific Regional Championships last weekend and Monday at Skatetown Ice Arena in Roseville.
Rudy Galindo, the 1996 U.S. national champion and third-place finisher in the World Championships, swayed and leaned with every jump and spin as Alyona Bilash, one of his many pupils, won the Senior Ladies championship. Bilash, of the Peninsula Skating Club, backed up her first-place showing in Sunday’s short program with a solid free skate Monday. She totaled 115.11 points.
Galindo has been coaching full time for two years and said he’s on skates all day demonstrating. It was a successful regional for Galindo’s skaters. He also had a novice lady qualify for the Pacific Coast Sectional Championships next month in Culver.
And, “My little ones all won, so I’m doing really well,” Galindo said. “I just love giving my talents back. This is a big championships to make it to the next level. I get so excited when my kids do so well.”
Amaro, who attends Oakmont High School, also did well, considering it was her first competition in a year. She was recovering from a broken foot and returned to the ice just seven weeks ago.
Amaro didn’t fall the entire weekend. She did seven jumps, three combination jumps, three spins, step sequences and spirals in her short program and was eighth going into the free skate.
“I didn’t skate that bad. I just missed a couple of things I shouldn’t have missed,” Amaro said.
She finished seventh in the free skate and totaled 82.14 points. Amaro said she needed to be perfect in the free skate but turned some double jumps into singles.
“I could have done way better, but it’s still an accomplishment after that many months off,” she said. “Overall, it was OK.”
Now, Amaro will prepare for show season with Capital City.
“That’s usually where I do really good,” she said.
Amaro dropped off the Oakmont cross country team to focus on the regional, but she plans to compete with the track and field team in the hurdles and discus next spring. She also plans to continue figure skating
“I’m very excited,” she said.
Capital City skater Michelle Li won Juvenile Girls Group A with 47.63 points to qualify for the U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships for the second year in a row. Amanda Betito of Granite Bay was 12th in Juvenile Girls Group A.
Also, Bella Martinez of Roseville finished sixth in Junior Ladies, and Robin Vo of Granite Bay was ninth in Intermediate Ladies.
The trip to Roseville wasn’t Galindo’s first. He sees no difference between a regional competition in Roseville and a national event in front of tens of thousands of people.
“It’s very important when we have championships like this in an area that’s not so big,” he said. “The audience is great here, and it introduces a lot of skaters (to the sport).”