Figure skater Vanessa Lam will compete in next week’s International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating event in Australia. A native of Bellflower, CA, the 16-year-old will compete for Team USA in Brisbane from Sept. 7-11 in the Junior Ladies program.
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 currently holds the highest overall scores and highest recorded Freeskate score this season among national and international competitors. Lam currently trains at THE RINKS – Anaheim ICE and THE RINKS – Westminster ICE, the newest addition to the Anaheim Ducks’ rinks development program.
A gold-medal winner at the Junior Grand Prix last October in the Czech Republic, Lam began skating at age five. By 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). Currently a junior at Downey High School, Lam has also won the Junior and Senior Ladies Title at the All Year FSC Championships; Hidden Valley in Escondido; Silicon Valley in San Jose; and Pacific Coast Sectionals. She highlighted her first Senior year by finishing in the top six in the Short Program at the 2011 U.S. Championships in Greensboro, NC.
With THE RINKS development program launch in February 2009, the Ducks now operate four local skating facilities: two ice rinks and two inline facilities. Westminster ICE was added in August 2009, joining locations in Anaheim (THE RINKS - Anaheim ICE), Corona (THE RINKS - Corona Inline) and Huntington Beach (THE RINKS - Huntington Beach Inline). In addition to youth and adult hockey programs, Anaheim ICE and Westminster ICE offer figure skating, a learn-to-skate program, broomball, curling and public skating. For information on THE RINKS program, visit www.The-Rinks.com