Adult Skating

Statement of Purpose: To assist and guide the adult skating community in developing and realizing its full growth potential in conjunction with U.S. Figure Skating and the International Skating Union

Adult Skating Committee Chairs

Gail Sombati, email

Gail Sombati started skated recreationally when she was 7. She competed on the local precision team and for the next 11 years participated in group lessons and in the annual ice show. After being away from skating for several years, she re-entered the sport upon learning of the Adult Skating Program at U.S. Figure Skating. She passed all the adult free skate tests by the time she was 27 and competed at the adult gold level for many years. In addition, she has passed the intermediate moves in the field, pre-juvenile freeskate and preliminary dance tests and is currently working on the novice moves in the field test. She is a PSA-rated coach, specializing in the areas of choreography and moves in the field. She also teaches group lessons at two area rinks and coaches a local high school figure skating team. Ironically, she is now the skating director at the same rink where she learned to skate.

Sombati has been on the Adult Skating Committee since 2002, having served most of that time as the Midwestern vice chair. She has chaired three Midwestern Adult Sectional Figure Skating Championships and was a volunteer at the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships in Los Angeles. Sombati is the founder of Adults for Autism, a skating event that helps raise money to provide activities for individuals with autism and other special needs. She has participated in "Skate for Hope" both as a skater and as a volunteer for the last six years.

Sombati lives in the Detroit area with her husband of 22 years, Doug, and her 12-year-old son, Sam.

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Vice Chairs

Lori Fussell, Midwestern Sectional Vice Chair, email

Lori Fussell began skating while in graduate school and has since competed nine times at the US Adult Championships, three times at National Showcase, and 1 time at the ISU Adult Competition in Oberstdorf, Germany in Singles, Solo Dance, Light Entertainment, and Dramatic. She has passed her Novice MIF, Adult Gold FS and Bronze Dances. Fussell has served as a member of the Adult Skating Committee for five years, and this is her second year as Vice-Chair. She has been active in her club as Secretary, Competition Vice-Chair (twice Vice-Chairing the Northwest Pacific Regional Championships and once Vice-Chairing the Pacific Coast Sectional Championships), Show Director, Membership Chair, Webmaster, Trial Judge Chair, and "doing whatever else needed to be done". She is a Bronze Singles/Pairs test judge and is working on her Bronze Dance Test appointment. Fussell is a retired engineer with a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering and PhD in Environmental Engineering. When not on the ice, she can be found in the air, flying a Citation Mustang (twin engine jet) and a Socata Trinidad (single engine piston) as a volunteer pilot for various charitable organizations.

Kianoosh Samii, Pacific Coast Sectional Vice Chair, email

Kianoosh Samii has been skating for 23 years, and has competed in adult ice dancing in 26 silver, pre-gold, gold, centennial and championship dance events in 15 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships. He has served his club as dance test chair, board member and president, as a member of the 1998 U.S. Adult Championships local organizing committee and as a Governing Council delegate since 2002. Kianoosh has also been a part of the Adult Skating, Dance and Ethics committees. Professionally, he is an economist and an environmentalist with more than 20 years of marketing and management experience in the high tech and sustainable living industries. For the past six years he has worked as a renewable energy consultant for large industrial sites. This is his third year as vice chair.

Jason Spicer, Eastern Vice Chair, email

Jason Spicer has competed at nine U.S. Adult Championships in singles and pairs, and currently competes in singles at the masters senior level. His love of skating extends to other disciplines, and he has additionally tested or competed as an adult in figures, dance and interpretive events. He believes that skating is a lifetime sport, and has been inspired by other adult skaters to continue improving and growing in his own skating. He is a U.S. Figure Skating double gold medalist in moves in the field and free skating, and is currently working towards completing his silver dance test. Spicer works in the New York City area in the commercial real estate industry, and holds bachelor's degrees in economics and sociology from Johns Hopkins University.

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