Our Roots

Indoor ice skating in Seattle first began around the year 1916 in the Metropolitan Ice Rink.  This rink was located across from what is now the Four Seasons Olympic Hotel on University Street in downtown Seattle.  

In 1931, the Seattle Skating Club (SSC) was formed to promote and encourage the advancement of figure skating.  In 1934, the Civic Ice Arena opened and the club skated out of that facility.  The Civic was overhauled in 1961 and renamed the Seattle Center Arena in time for the World's Fair, which was held the following year.  It was there that SSC carried out most of its activities until 1964 when the Arena was closed to public skating - remaining open only for ice shows and hockey games.  

This closure brought about a move for SSC to the Highland Sports Center, then to Sno-King Arena and then to Olympicview Arena when it was completed in 1994.  In 2002, Sno-King was fully renovated and re-opened as the Lynnwood Ice Center.  Today, SSC operates with it's primary rink as the Olympicview Arena and it's secondary, basic skills rink being the Lynnwood Ice Center.  

The Seattle Skating Club became affiliated with U.S. Figure Skating in 1936.  Since that time, the club has produced an impressive number of champions in both National and World level competitions.  In 1951 and 1960, SSC hosted the U.S. National Figure Skating Competition, which is now known as the U.S. Championships.  In 1961 tragedy struck as three of our SSC club members perished in the plane crash of the U.S. World Team en route to the World Championships.  SSC lost Ila Rae & Ray Hadley, the 1960 US Silver Pairs Champions & 1957 US Junior Pairs Champions, as well as their mother and coach Linda Hadley.  A trophy is dedicated in their memories at SSC's annual Ice Fest competition.  

More recently, the club has hosted the 2005 Northwest Pacific Regional Championships, the 2006 Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Championships, the 2007 Pacific Coast Sectional Championships and the 2008 Northwest Pacific Regional Championships.  SSC is the current home to USA Team members Joylyn Yang & Jean-Luc Baker.  

Seattle Skating Club World & Olympic Champions

1984 - Rosalynn Sumners - Olympic Ladies Silver Medalist

1983 - Rosalynn Sumners - World Ladies Figure Skating Champion

Seattle Skating Club U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame Members

Inducted in 2001 - Rosalynn Sumners

Inducted in 1995 - Cynthia & Ron Kauffman

Seattle Skating Club National Champions

2017 - Nica Digerness & Danny Neudecker - Junior Pairs

2014 - Kaitlin Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker - Junior Dance

2012 - Anna Li & Will Eastler - Adult National Championship Dance

2008 - Joylyn Yang & Jean-Luc Baker - Intermediate Dance

2007 - Joylyn Yang & Jean-Luc Baker - Juvenile Dance

2006 - Joshua Farris - Juvenile Boys

1999 - Kakani & Ikaika Young - Novice Dance

1990 - Beth Buhl - Junior Dance

1989 & 1990 - Joseph Druar - Senior Dance

1988 - Dena Galech - Junior Ladies

1982, 1983 & 1984 - Rosalynn Sumners - Senior Ladies

1968 - Joan Bitterman & Brad Hislop - Junior Dance

1979 - Rosalynn Sumners - Novice Ladies

1967 - Lorna Dyer & John Carrell - Senior Dance

1966, 1967, 1968 & 1969 - Cynthia & Ron Kaufmann - Senior Pairs

1963 - Cynthia & Ron Kaufmann - Junior Pairs

1957 - Ila Rae & Ray Hadley - Junior Pairs

1954 - Dawn May & David Hertz - Junior Pairs

1953 - Pat Firth - Junior Ladies

1952 - Sharon Choate & Richard Bromley - Junior Pairs

1951 - Francis Dorsey - Junior Ladies

1948 & 1949 - Karol & Peter Kennedy - Senior Pairs

1948 - Mary Firth - Junior Pairs

1939 - Betty Bennett & John Kinney - Junior Pairs 

Recent U.S Championship Medalists

2016 Novice Dance Pewter Medalists - Gianna Buckley & J.T. Michel

2015 Senior Dance Pewter Medalists - Kaitlin Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker

2013 Junior Dance Silver Medalists - Kaitlin Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker

2010 Novice Dance Bronze Medalists - Joylyn Yang & Jean-Luc Baker

2009 National Solo Dance Silver Medalist - Mark Janke

2009 Adult National Championship Dance Silver Medalists - Anna Li & Will Eastler

2008 Adult National Championship Dance Silver Medalists - Anna Li & Will Eastler

Pacific Coast Sectional Medalists

2017 Pacific Coast Sectional Juvenile Pairs Bronze Medalists - Kamden & Kayla Black

2017 Midwestern Sectional Junior Pairs Gold Medalists - Nica Digerness & Danny Neudecker

2016 Pacific Coast Sectional Novice Dance Bronze Medalists - Gianna Buckley & JT Michel

2016 Pacific Coast Sectional Novice Pairs Gold Medalists - Nica Digerness & Danny Neudecker

2015 Pacific Coast Sectional Intermediate Dance Bronze Medalists - Gianna Buckley & Caleb Niva

2014 Pacific Coast Sectional Intermediate Dance Pewter Medalists - Gianna Buckley & Caleb Niva

2014 Pacific Coast Sectional Juvenile Dance Bronze Medalists - Clare Traeger & Stanley Chang

2013 Pacific Coast Sectional Juvenile Dance Silver Medalists - Gianna Buckley & Caleb Niva

2013 Midwestern Sectional Junior Dance Gold Medalists - Kaitlin Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker

2011 Pacific Coast Sectional Junior Dance Gold Medalists - Joylyn Yang & Jean-Luc Baker

2011 Pacific Coast Sectional Novice Dance Gold Medalist - Mark Jahnke

2010 Pacific Coast Sectional Novice Dance Gold Medalists - Joylyn Yang & Jean-Luc Baker

2009 Pacific Coast Sectional Senior Dance Petwer Medalist - Emma Cyders

2009 Pacific Coast Sectional Novice Dance Bronze Medalists - Joylyn Yang & Jean-Luc Baker

2009 Pacific Coast Sectional Intermediate Dance Silver Medalists - Megan Lee & Mark Jahnke

2009 Adult Pacific Coast Sectional Championship Dance Silver Medalists - Anna Li & Will Eastler

2008 Pacific Coast Sectional Juvenile Dance Silver Medalists - Megan Lee & Benjamin Maki

2008 Adult Pacific Coast Sectional Championship Dance Silver Medalists - Anna Li & Will Eastler

2007 Pacific Coast Sectional Senior Dance Pewter Medalists - Emma Cyders & Ikaika Young

2007 Pacific Coast Sectional Junior Pairs Pewter Medalists - Brendyn Hatfield