Chippewa Valley Figure Skaters Named to Team USA …


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Chippewa Valley teens Paige Southworth (center) and Ella Piltz (not pictured) are part of the Northernettes Junior synchronized skating team, which recently became known as Team USA. (Photo submitted)

Two decorated local figure skaters are scheduled to skate overseas next year with the American flag on their backs.

Ella Piltz, 16, from Memorial High School, and Paige Southworth, 18, from Elk Mound, are expected to represent the United States team at the 2022 Spring Cup in Sesto San Giovanni, Milan, Italy on February 24. . 18-20. The two young women are members of the Eau Claire Figure Skating Club, as well as the Minneapolis-based synchronized skating organization, The Northernettes.

“It really means a lot to us,” said Piltz. “Not many people are familiar with figure skating, so it’s cool for people to recognize that I’m on the US figure skating team, even though they might not know much about it. sport itself. It’s an honor that most people never have.

The Northernettes are a high level competitive synchronized skating organization that competes in national competitions each year. The 21 members of the junior-level synchronized skating team were named Team USA for the Italian event, with Piltz and Southworth being the only members of the Wisconsin team.

The two young skaters have been skating competitively for years, culminating with their Team USA honor for the 2022 event in Italy.  Photo submitted.

The two young skaters have been skating competitively for years, culminating in their honor of the American team for the 2022 event in Italy where they will compete with the Northernettes. Photo by Parker Reed.

In order to be named the Team USA, the team had to achieve a certain score from the international selection pool in their first three competitions in California, Massachusetts and Michigan this fall, which they surpassed in every game. . In order to get involved with the team, both skaters began training in May and drove three hours a day, three times a week, to train with their teammates in Minnesota.

This amount of energy and time put into the art of skating was well worth it for the skaters as Southworth said being named Team USA was an end goal for her.

“It doesn’t feel real to me,” Southworth said. “We are very humble about what we have accomplished and we don’t take it for granted. I’m just excited to get there and start competing.

Piltz and Southworth will compete with the Northernettes again in January in Chicago, Italy in February and finally in Colorado in March at the US National Synchronized Skating Championships.


For more information about The Northernettes, you can visit their website nordettessynchro.org.

The Northernettes junior team were named Team USA after exceeding FAI scoring requirements in their first three domestic events this season.  Photo submitted.

The Northernettes junior team were named Team USA after exceeding FAI scoring requirements in their first three domestic events this season. (Photo submitted)

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