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Spinnations center in Port Richey to host roller figure skating competition Feb. 13-14

Paige Stevenson, 9, of Hudson practices for the Presidents Day Invitational at the Spinnations Skating Center in Port Richey. More than 140 competitors are expected at the two-day event.

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Paige Stevenson, 9, of Hudson practices for the Presidents Day Invitational at the Spinnations Skating Center in Port Richey. More than 140 competitors are expected at the two-day event.

PORT RICHEY — Local skaters are polishing their routines for the 8th annual Presidents Day Invitational, an artistic roller figure skating competition at Spinnations Skating Center.

The two-day event, slated for Feb. 13-14, will be packed with official USA Roller Sports events as well as some beginner events. It is expected to draw more than 140 competitors from across the United States, in categories ranging from Tiny Tot to World Class.

Adult events include figure, solo and team dance events. Youth events include figures, singles, pairs and dance events on both days. Competitors range in age from 4 to 78.

For most of the skaters, the event is the prelude to the Regional Championships held later in the summer, an opportunity to test out the venue's spacious coated maple floor, organizers said. For other participants, it is a yearly getaway to enjoy Florida's warmer climate and to do something they love.

Organizers say the performances of skaters gliding across the floor, adorned with glitter and stones, leave the audience with the same response: "wow."

if you go

Dazzle on wheels

What: 8th annual Presidents Day Invitational skating competition

When: 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 13, 6:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Feb. 14

Where: Spinnations Skating Center, 8345 Congress St. in Port Richey

Cost: $5 for the day, with in and out privileges

Note: The schedule of events is available online at www.Floridaskatingacademy.com.

Spinnations center in Port Richey to host roller figure skating competition Feb. 13-14 02/03/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 10:04pm]

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