Lam of The Rinks - Westminster Ice to Compete in U.S. Junior Championships
/ Anaheim Ducks
The Anaheim Ducks announced on Tuesday that Vanessa Lam, a 14-year-old figure skater from Bellflower, CA, will compete in this week’s U.S. Junior Ladies Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, WA. Lam trains at THE RINKS – Westminster ICE, which is the newest addition to the Anaheim Ducks’ THE RINKS development program.
Lam will compete in the U.S. Junior Ladies’ short program this Wednesday (Jan. 20) and the free skate on Friday (Jan. 22). Under the helm of former World and Olympic Team Coach Doug Chapman and 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist and 1975 World Ladies Champion Dianne De Leeuw, Lam will compete against the nation’s best in her age group in her third trip to a U.S. Nationals. She qualified for this week’s U.S. Championships by winning the Southwest Pacific Regionals in Scottsdale, AZ, and by capturing the silver medal at the Pacific Coast Sectionals in Wyoming.
Currently enrolled at Downey High School as a freshman, Lam juggles her honors classes with 17-20 hours of training per week. The reigning SouthWest Pacific Junior Ladies Champion, Lam began skating at age five. At age 11, she became one of the youngest skaters in U.S. Figure Skating history to pass her Senior test. She was also the youngest skater competing at the Junior Level at the 2009 U.S. National Championships (age 13). Lam has also won the Junior Ladies Title at the All Year FSC Championships, Hidden Valley in Escondido, Silicon Valley in San Jose, Orange County Open, West Coast Open, and Southwest Pacific Regionals.
Westminster ICE was added to the THE RINKS development program in August 2009, joining locations in Anaheim (THE RINKS - Anaheim ICE), Corona (THE RINKS - Corona Inline) and Huntington Beach (THE RINKS - Huntington Beach Inline). With Westminster ICE, the Ducks now operate four local skating facilities, consisting of two ice rinks and two inline facilities.