Roseville's Skatetown strikes gold again as showcase returns

By: Bill Poindexter, Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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The Gold Rush Showcase returned to Skatetown in Roseville last weekend after a one-year hiatus and hit the ground running.

There were 55 competitors for the program that was equal parts solo dance series, approved by U.S. Figure Skating, and show. They performed in front of a packed house.

“It went really well, very smooth,” said Judy Richardson, co-chair of the event and president of the host Capital City Figure Skating Club. “The dance series was a success. As far as the showcase series, that went really well.”

Creative costuming included a pair dressed as Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner. Richardson said the competition was fun and uplifting.

“Everyone was excited to have Gold Rush back,” she said.

Skatetown held the showcase for 11 years, but a scheduling glitch kept it off the calendar last year.

Misty Johnson won the adult bronze/silver dramatic entertainment competition. Morgan Young of the Peninsula Skating Club was presented with the Dana Dawson Award — for skaters 12 and under — from 2012 winner Sarah Zhang of Peninsula, who performed an exhibition.

Lindsey Lauffer of Peninsula won the overall showcase with Samantha Mapes of Capital City second and Susan Algarne of Peninsula third.