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Ice House Skaters Head to Sochi

ice_houseThe Ice House training center in Hackensack is sending 10 athletes to Sochi, Russia next week for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

 “We are so incredibly proud of our skaters, coaches and supporters that train here at Ice House,” said Craig Maurizi, who is coaching Olympic figure skater Alexei Bychenko.  “We have skaters come here from all over the world to train with the best coaches in one of the most elite training facilities in the country.”

The Ice House has been home to many previous Olympians including Sarah Hughes, Miki Ando, Daisuke Takahashi, Johnny Weir, Sasha Cohen and Oksana Baiul.

This year’s 10 Ice House Olympians are representing five countries. Figure skater Michal Brezina, coached by Viktor Petrenko, is representing the Czech Republic. Elena Glebova, coached by Igor Krokavec, is skating for Estonia. Representing Israel is Alexei Bychenko, coached by Maurizi, as well as a competitive pair, Andrea Davidovich and Evgeni Krosnopolski, coached by Galit Chait-Moracci.

Ice dancers Cathy and Chris Reed, also coached by Chait-Moracci, will represent Japan.

Natalia Popova, coached by Nina Petrenko, will skate for the Ukraine, as will Siobhan Heekin-Canedy and Dmitri Dun, ice dancers coached by Chait-Moracci.

“The atmosphere at Ice House is impeccable compared to that of skating facilities around the world,” Nina Petrenko, coach and choreographer at the Ice House.  “We not only have ready and available ice time whenever we need it but also have off-ice facilities on the premises and an incredible support staff on hand.”

The Ice House is home to more than 60 accredited coaches and has trained Olympians for more than 13 years.  It also runs one of the largest Learn to Skate programs in the country.

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